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 updates age for fully virtual hunter education; encourages early enrollment

WDFW urges new, prospective hunters to complete hunter education now to make sure they can participate in fall hunting opportunities.

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125 surplus elk, 2,413 deer multi-season tags awarded this month

Hunters who bought a multi-season permit application for elk or deer earlier this year, but were not selected in the April drawing, may be one of the additional people who will be selected for surplus elk or deer multi-season tags.

Conservation starts here

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Wild turkey and upland bird survey for broods and distribution

Help us monitor summer broods and year-round distribution of wild turkeys and upland birds by reporting your observations.

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Washington Residents’ Attitudes Toward Wildlife Management

This study was conducted for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) to determine residents’ attitudes toward wildlife management in the state.

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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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