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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Learn about Washington’s pheasant programs

The time for upland game bird hunting is here, so WDFW has put together information on our pheasant programs on both sides of the state to benefit new and seasoned hunters alike.

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Top 5 hunting tips for upland game birds

Washington offers great fall resident game bird hunting, so WDFW has gathered tips to help hunters on both sides of the state bag their limits.

Conservation starts here

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It’s up to us as hunters and stewards of the land to act now to help address the changes we see happening so we can pass down our to our kids and grandkids traditions for generations to come.
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Take hunter education in person this fall
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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Elk hoof disease incentive permits
Help us by being part of elk conservation

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