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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In this section

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

LiLi Wong with two turkeys she harvested in a WDFW mentored hunt
New to hunting or thinking about diving in?

We’re sharing new hunter LiLi Wong’s story to support other new hunters and encourage those thinking about hunting to get out and try something new in the outdoors this year.

A young hunter with their first turkey harvest
What’s your First Turkey Story?

With spring turkey season behind us, WDFW wants to hear your First Turkey Story. Share a photo and some details of your first successful hunt and you could be featured on our social media channels.

Conservation starts here

hunter education class
Take hunter education this summer
Hunter education courses are available throughout the year, although they fill up fast.
black bear
The truth about bear spray — it’s not just for bears
Knowing how to use it and other FAQs answered
A hunter waits for sunrise
Hunting season setting timeline
Management of game species is primarily guided by the Game Management Plan, which has traditionally been reviewed and updated every six years.

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