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. 

Pheasant hunting at Sherman Creek Wildlife Area

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Whether deer, elk, waterfowl, or upland game, the hunt of a lifetime can be found in Washington.
WDFW provides a variety of courses and clinics to help hunters conduct safe, ethical hunts in the state.
WDFW is tasked with responsibly preserving, protecting, and perpetuating wildlife in the state, while maximizing hunting opportunities for all residents.
Special hunt permits, big-game auctions and raffle permit hunts offer a chance to participate in a coveted hunt while directly supporting conservation and management in Washington.
Hunting is allowed on many lands throughout Washington, but it's important to know the rules and regulations before you go.

Hunting news & important dates

Hunter on a ledge looks through binoculars to the landscape below.
Aug. 22 - Second chance purchase for deer and elk multi-season tags

Hunters who purchased a multi-season permit application earlier this year, but were not selected in the April drawing, are eligible to buy the unsold 2,610 deer and 116 elk multi-season tags on a first-come, first-served basis on Thursday, Aug. 22. 

Black bear
Fall black bear hunt

Fall black bear hunting kicked off Aug. 1 across the state.

Conservation starts here

Relocating mountain goats
National Hunting and Fishing Day advertisement
National Hunting and Fishing Day
This annual event is an opportunity to recognize the major role that hunters and anglers play in wildlife management and conservation.
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Hunting access on private lands
WDFW works with landowners across the state on a variety of programs to increase public access to private lands.