Hunting

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. 

hunter on mountain

In this section

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

turkey flying to roost
Report your turkey harvest

Spring seasons for wild turkey ended May 31, so it’s time to report your spring hunting activity if you got a bird, even if you plan to hunt turkeys this fall. Reports are required before January 31, 2021, whether or not you were successful in harvesting a turkey.

Large black bear foraging in a grassy field
Spring bear hunt permit season extended until June 30

Spring bear hunters who would normally travel outside their local areas to hunt may wait to see how travel guidance evolves, or seek a permit refund and reclaim their points if they are unable to hunt while meeting local hunting recommendations.

Conservation starts here

Gordon Blossom, 103-year-old Master Hunter
Watch the video to learn Gordon's tips for a long, happy life
Hunting dog
Hunting access on private lands
WDFW works with landowners across the state on a variety of programs to increase public access to private lands.