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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First Turkey Program

Send us your first turkey harvest information and receive and official WDFW First Turkey Certificate.

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Special hunt permit applications are due by May 24

Did you know that Washington offers opportunities to participate in a coveted hunt while directly supporting conservation and wildlife management in the state? Special hunt permits offer a variety of benefits for hunters throughout Washington.

Conservation starts here

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Purchase Multi-season deer or elk tag

If selected, you must purchase your multi-season tag prior to Aug. 1, 2023.

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Have your salvaged deer tested for CWD

If you salvage a road-killed deer, please arrange to have it checked for chronic wasting disease.

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Update on Hunter Education online classes

Starting June 1, WDFW will no longer offer fully remote hunter education courses.

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