Big game hunting seasons and regulations The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife supports big game hunting opportunities throughout the state. 2023-24 Big game hunting seasons and rules pamphlet Rules and requirements for hunting deer, elk, black bear, cougar, mountain goat, moose, bighorn sheep, and turkey. Harvest reporting Mandatory hunter harvest reporting helps WDFW better manage game species and set permit levels for upcoming seasons. Big Game Hunting Pamphlet Cover Photo Contest We’re looking for beautiful Washington landscape photos with a hunting element for this year’s Big Game Hunting Rules and Regulations pamphlet! Send us your photos for a chance to win! Official hunting hours for game animals and forest grouse Legal times licensed hunters are allowed to hunt game animals and forest grouse. How are big game hunting seasons set? Learn about the process of ensuring as much hunting opportunity as possible is offered each year. Hunter orange requirements State rules require hunters to wear fluorescent hunter orange clothing under specific conditions. Cougar hunting area openings and closures See which GMUs are open or closed to cougar hunting. Bear identification test Hunters must be able to distinguish black bears from endangered grizzly bears. Take the online identification test. Game harvest waste requirements Hunters may not allow game animals or game birds they have taken to recklessly be wasted.