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BIG GAME HUNTING SEASONS & RULES
Deer, Elk, Black Bear, Cougar, Mountain Goat, Moose, Bighorn Sheep, Bobcat, Coyote, Fox, Grouse, Raccoon, Rabbit & Hare, Wild Turkey Early and Late Fall
Cover of the 2018 pamphlet showing two photos: male and female hunter with harvested deer, and two male hunters with archery harvested deer.
Download 2018 Big Game Hunting Seasons and Rules Pamphlet [PDF]
Corrections to the Big Game Regulation Pamphlet
(as of July 2, 2018)
Explore hunting opportunities in a webmap!
Special Hunt Permit Opportunities FAQ
Initiative 594 (I-594) as it Relates to Hunting FAQ
Hunter Orange Requirements
Hunting Maps
2018 Spring Black Bear Special Permit Hunts
Cougar Hunting Area Openings and Closures
How Are Big Game Hunting Seasons Set?
The department has made some changes to hunting opportunities for persons with disabilities. Those changes, and other changes to hunting seasons and regulations, are reflected in red text in the 2018 Big Game Hunting Seasons & Regulations pamphlet.

GAME MANAGEMENT
Photo of Game Status and Trend Report cover.2017 Game Status and Trend Report
The Game Status and Trend Report describes the current status and assesses trends in populations for game species within the state. For major species, separate sections cover each region or other management unit. Download Today >>

PRIVATE LANDS HUNTING ACCESS
Photo of father and son with harvested wild turkeys. Through new agreements with private landowners, WDFW has succeeded in opening up tens of thousands of acres of private farmland and timberland through programs such as "Feel Free to Hunt" and "Register to Hunt." The latest program, "Hunt By Reservation," allows hunters to get hunting information for specific properties and book a reservation online.  Find properties to hunt >>>

Hunt by Reservation system now available

HUNTER EDUCATION
Photo of Hunter Education instructur in front of class.

Register today! - Hunter education training is required in Washington State for all hunters born after January 1, 1972. The Department of Fish and Wildlife offers both traditional classroom and online hunter education classes.

Tips on Getting Prepared for Hunting Season!

HUNTING CLINICS
Hunter education instructor and class participants wearing hunter orange vests while participating in a field exercise.

Free public hunting clinics are now being offered.  Clinics will be offered on turkey, waterfowl, upland birds, deer, and elk. 
 
 • Hunting clinics calendar
 • Hunting clinics booklets
   Clinic booklets available for download


ELK HOOF DISEASE
Photo of deformed hoof WDFW seeks reports of elk with hoof disease in Cascades
State wildlife managers are asking hunters, anglers, campers and others planning to spend time in the Cascade Mountains this fall to report any elk they encounter and pay close attention to see if any walk with a limp.
Learn more >>

Elk Hoof Disease Public Working Group (EHDPWG)
Frequently Asked Questions
Submit an Elk Hoof Rot / Deformation Report

2015-2021 GAME MANAGEMENT PLAN
Closeup photo of deer in field with velvet antlers.

This Game Management Plan guides the department's management of hunted wildlife for six year timeframes. The focus is on the scientific management of game populations, harvest management, and other significant factors affecting game populations.
Learn more >>

View the 2015-2021 Game Management Plan

EARTAGGED GAME
Photo of a round yellow tag used to indicate an animal has previously been drugged. Is Your Harvest Safe to Consume?
If the animal is tagged with a round yellow tag, such as the one pictured to the left, it means that at some point in its life it was treated with a drug. These drug residues may be harmful to humans if they are still present when the meat of the animal is consumed. Learn more >>

Check Tag Number

Wild Game Meat Food Safety - Hunter Guidelines

KEEP YOUR VISION ON TARGET

Photo of seeing eye chart in scope crosshairs.
Learn more >>

Hunters with a valid Washington hunting license are now eligible to receive a free visual acuity screening at participating optometrist locations across the state.
HUNTING SAFETY
Photo of hunter wearing hunter orange looking through binoculars. WDFW would like to remind hunters to be safe, follow the regulations and practice hunter safety.
Hunter Safety Reminder   YouTube
Hunter Orange Requirements

 

 
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SPECIAL HUNT DRAWING RESULTS
  You can now look up ALL your Special Hunt results. See your current and past results using the link below.
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GoHunt
GoHunt!
Interactive mapping for hunting and recreational activities in Washington
GoHunt
   HUNTER REPORTING

To report your harvest and hunting activity and to view special permit hunt information, please visit fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov to login to your account. Once logged in, you will be able to view your purchase history, special permits, and report on your transport tags and migratory bird authorizations.

Search for hunts in the new Webmap application: search by criteria or location, explore general seasons and permit hunts, review season info, flags and hunt notes.
   LATEST NEWS
Commission selects Kelly Susewind as new director of WDFW
Women's workshop offers instruction on fishing, hunting, and outdoor skills
Final mountain goat management plan for Olympic National Park released
More Hunting Info & Regulation Updates
   WHERE TO GO
Weekender Report
Washington State Hunting Prospects
Wildlife Areas
Water Access Sites
Accessing Washington's Outdoors (ADA)
Game Management Unit (GMU) Maps and Information
Deer & Elk Areas
Wildlife License Plates
Wildlife License Plates
Help Support Wildlife Activities in Washington
   I AM LOOKING FOR...
Hunting Regulations & Seasons
Wildlife Program Weekly Activity Reports
WDFW Rule Making Activities
Chronic Wasting Disease Information
Check your Eartagged Game
Tooth Age Lookup
Information about tribal hunting
Migratory Bird Stamp & Artwork Program
   GAME MANAGEMENT REPORTS
Game Harvest Reports
Game Status and Trend Reports