Cougar hunting area openings and closures

The cougar hunting season is split into an early (Sept. 1 – Dec. 31) and late (Jan. 1 – April 30) season. The early cougar season opens Sept. 1, 2020.

Starting Jan. 1, 2021, cougar hunters may continue to hunt cougar through April 30, except in GMUs where the harvest guideline has been reached and the WDFW director has closed cougar hunting for the season.

All cougars killed by licensed hunters during the early and late hunting seasons, and seasons authorized under WAC 220-440-030 shall be counted toward the harvest guideline.

It is each cougar hunter's responsibility to verify if the cougar late hunting season is open or closed in hunt areas with a harvest guideline. Cougar hunters can verify if the season is open or closed by calling the toll free cougar hunting hotline (1-866-364-4868) or visiting this website. After Jan. 1, 2021, all hunters must report their kills via the cougar hotline within 72 hours (press 3 after the recording), and kills must sealed by WDFW staff within 5 days (unfrozen).  **DUE TO COVID-19, AND THE RESULTING CLOSURE OF WDFW OFFICES TO THE PUBLIC, SUCCESSFUL HUNTERS SHOULD CALL WDFW TO SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT TO HAVE THEIR COUGAR PELTS SEALED WITHIN 5 DAYS OF HARVEST.**

 

Hunt Area Early Hunting Season Status
GMU 101 September 1, 2020 - December 31, 2020 OPEN
GMU 105 September 1, 2020 - December 31, 2020September 1, 2020 - December 31, 2020 OPEN
GMUs 108, 111 September 1, 2020 - December 31, 2020 OPEN
GMU 113 September 1, 2020 - December 31, 2020 OPEN
GMU 117 September 1, 2020 - December 31, 2020September 1, 2020 - December 31, 2020September 1, 2020 - December 31, 2020 OPEN
GMU 121 September 1, 2020 - December 31, 2020 OPEN
GMUs 124, 127, 130 September 1, 2020 - December 31, 2020 OPEN
GMUs 133, 136, 139, 142, 248, 254, 260, 262, 266, 269, 272, 278, 284, 290, 330, 334, 371, 372, 373, 379, 381 September 1, 2020 - December 31, 2020 OPEN
GMUs 145, 166, 175, 178 September 1, 2020 - December 31, 2020 OPEN
GMUs 149, 154, 162, 163 September 1, 2020 - December 31, 2020 OPEN
GMUs 169, 172, 181, 186 September 1, 2020 - December 31, 2020 OPEN
GMU 203 September 1, 2020 - December 31, 2020 OPEN
GMU 204 September 1, 2020 - December 31, 2020 OPEN
GMUs 209, 215 September 1, 2020 - December 31, 2020 OPEN
GMUs 218, 231 September 1, 2020 - December 31, 2020 OPEN
GMU 224 September 1, 2020 - December 31, 2020 OPEN
GMUs 233, 239 September 1, 2020 - December 31, 2020 OPEN
GMUs 242, 243 September 1, 2020 - December 31, 2020 OPEN
GMUs 244, 246, 247 September 1, 2020 - December 31, 2020 OPEN
GMUs 245, 250 September 1, 2020 - December 31, 2020 OPEN
GMUs 249, 251 September 1, 2020 - December 31, 2020 OPEN
GMUs 328, 329, 335 September 1, 2020 - December 31, 2020 OPEN
GMUs 336, 340, 342, 346 September 1, 2020 - December 31, 2020 OPEN
GMUs 352, 356, 360, 364, 368 September 1, 2020 - December 31, 2020 OPEN
GMUs 382, 388 September 1, 2020 - December 31, 2020 OPEN
GMU 407 September 1, 2020 - December 31, 2020 OPEN
GMUs 418, 426, 437 September 1, 2020 - December 31, 2020 OPEN
GMUs 448, 450 September 1, 2020 - December 31, 2020 OPEN
GMU 454 September 1, 2020 - December 31, 2020 OPEN
GMU 460 September 1, 2020 - December 31, 2020 OPEN
GMUs 466, 485a, 490 September 1, 2020 - December 31, 2020 OPEN
GMUs 501, 504, 506, 530 September 1, 2020 - December 31, 2020 OPEN
GMUs 503, 505, 520, 550 September 1, 2020 - December 31, 2020 OPEN
GMUs 510, 513 September 1, 2020 - December 31, 2020 OPEN
GMU 516 September 1, 2020 - December 31, 2020 OPEN
GMUs 524, 554, 556 September 1, 2020 - December 31, 2020 OPEN
GMU 560 September 1, 2020 - December 31, 2020 OPEN
GMU 564 September 1, 2020 - December 31, 2020 OPEN
GMU 568 September 1, 2020 - December 31, 2020 OPEN
GMU 572 September 1, 2020 - December 31, 2020 OPEN
GMUs 574, 578 September 1, 2020 - December 31, 2020 OPEN
GMUs 601, 602, 603, 612 September 1, 2020 - December 31, 2020 OPEN
GMUs 607, 615 September 1, 2020 - December 31, 2020 OPEN
GMUs 618, 636, 638 September 1, 2020 - December 31, 2020 OPEN
GMUs 621, 624, 627, 633 September 1, 2020 - December 31, 2020 OPEN
GMUs 642, 648, 651 September 1, 2020 - December 31, 2020 OPEN
GMUs 652, 666 September 1, 2020 - December 31, 2020 OPEN
GMUs 653, 654 September 1, 2020 - December 31, 2020 OPEN
GMUs 658, 660, 663, 672, 673, 681, 684, 699 September 1, 2020 - December 31, 2020 OPEN
GMU 667 September 1, 2020 - December 31, 2020 OPEN

a Hunters possessing a deer or elk special permit for GMU 485 may hunt cougar in this unit during that permit hunt.