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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WDFW invites public comment on rule making for cougar hunting and regulations

Submit written comment on a proposed cougar hunting rule change from May 19 to June 25.

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Big game hunting seasons and regulations pamphlet now available

Check out this year's pamphlet for season dates.

Conservation starts here

Climate change and its impact on hunting, angling, and other recreational pursuits

Climate change affects everything in nature: fish, wildlife, habitat, ecosystems, us.

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It's never too late to take hunter education!

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife provides education and training opportunities to help hunters have safe, legal, and ethical hunts.

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Hunting season setting timeline

We monitor game population and harvest around the state, including big and small game, waterfowl, and migratory birds.

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