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. 

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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

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2020 Sportsmen's Shows

Join WDFW at one of our 2020 sportsmen's show stops. From Tri-Cities to Puyallup to Spokane, staff will be there to answer your questions.

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Spring black bear hunt applications open now

Submit your spring black bear hunt application from Jan. 2 to Feb. 28, 2020.

Conservation starts here

Gordon Blossom, 103-year-old Master Hunter
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Put a turkey on your table.
Hunting for wild turkey opens Nov. 15 in GMUs 218-232, 242, 335
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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.