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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Hunting season setting timeline

The department uses the Game Management Plan as guidance for setting seasons annually and three-year season settings. Three-year season setting is an in-depth rulemaking process.

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Collaborative science on links between cougar, wolves, deer, elk

A new video highlights the Washington Predator-Prey Project; a five-year research effort to investigate the effects of wolves and competing carnivors on ungulate populations in managed landscapes. 

Conservation starts here

Take hunter education this spring
Hunter education is a mandatory program designed to promote knowledge and skills to continue our proud hunting tradition.
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Waterbirds of Washington
WDFW recently hosted a virtual waterbird event promoting watchable wildlife, hunting opportunities, and wildlife conservation partnerships.
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Turkey takeover with WDFW
Washington state has a robust population of wild turkeys, ranging from the northeast corner of the state, to the southeast, and angling west toward the mouth of the mighty Columbia River.

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