Hunting remains a vital way of life for many residents and non-residents in Washington and contributes to statewide conservation efforts. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife maintains opportunities for seasoned and first-time hunters alike. Learn about the steps every hunter must take before heading afield, and how to report your harvest after a successful hunt. 

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Hunting news & important dates

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Latest big game hunting regulations and special hunt applications now available

This document outlines rules and regulations for big game hunters in Washington including seasons, equipment, licensing, access, and more.

Fall turkey hunting
Spring turkey season starts Apr. 15

New to hunting wild turkeys? Check out WDFW's The Basics of Turkey Hunting in Washington

Conservation starts here

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Submit your special hunt applications today

Special hunt permits offer opportunities such as hunting outside general seasons. Application period closes May 15.

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Complete hunter education

All hunters born after Jan. 1, 1972 must complete a hunter education course in order to buy a hunting license.

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Game management plan development process and timeline

Visit our new webpage for updates about development of the latest Game Management Plan.

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