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 education

Hunting news & important dates

Mule deer buck in a snowy field
2023 Washington hunting prospects now available

WDFW has released its annual hunting prospects, which provide guidance and hunting information for each district to help hunters have a successful season.

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Register children for free National Hunting and Fishing Day event

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife's (WDFW) National Hunting and Fishing Day celebration is a great, family-oriented way to introduce youth to target shooting, hunting and fishing.

Conservation starts here

Spruce grouse in winter
Forest grouse hunting season dates adjusted to Sept. 15 — Jan. 15

Change aims to decrease hen harvest, boost hunting opportunity.

Wildfire smoke in the distance.
Fire restrictions - Know before you go

Fire restrictions are in effect for eastern Washington WDFW-managed lands. Check your destination to know of any restrictions before you head out.

A sign saying to stop for chronic wasting disease testing
Help slow the spread of chronic wasting disease

Plan to have your harvested deer or elk tested for chronic wasting disease.

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