Big game hunting seasons and regulations The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife supports big game hunting opportunities throughout the state. 2020 Big Game Hunting Pamphlet Cover Contest Each year, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife sponsors a photo contest to select a cover for the upcoming big game pamphlet. The theme for 2020 will be "Hunting on Washington’s Public Lands". 2019-20 Big game hunting seasons and rules pamphlet Rules and requirements for hunting deer, elk, black bear, cougar, mountain goat, moose, bighorn sheep, bobcat, coyote, fox, grouse, raccoon, rabbit, hare, and turkey. 2020 Spring season wild turkey and black bear hunting regulation pamphlet Seasons and regulations for the 2020 spring wild turkey and black bear hunts. Harvest reporting Mandatory hunter harvest reporting helps WDFW better manage game species and set permit levels for upcoming seasons. 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.