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. 

A person walking down a dirt road through the forest with a harvested turkey on their back.
Photo by Jerry Smith

Hunting news & important dates

Glassing the Ridge
Photo by Pashiya Sandum
NEW special hunt permit application deadline: May 22

WDFW made this change to allow hunters more time to complete their applications using printed copies of the latest big game hunting regulations.

Cougar passing
Photo by Randy Mann
Public comment period open for cougar hunting season rule making

The public may submit comments electronically, by phone, or by mail through June 21, or in person during a public hearing at the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission’s June meeting in Vancouver.

Conservation starts here

Bighorn sheep
Photo by WDFW
Submit your special hunt applications today

Special hunt permits offer opportunities such as hunting outside general seasons. Application period closes May 22.

A person sitting on the ground behind a harvested turkey.
Photo by Ben Barbee
Get started turkey hunting

Assuming you’re either new to hunting or new to turkey hunting, here’s all you really need to hit the turkey woods this spring with minimal investment.

Black-tailed deer
Photo by WDFW
Game management plan development process and timeline

Visit our new webpage for updates about development of the latest Game Management Plan.

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