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, 2019.

Starting Jan. 1, 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, 2020, 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).

 

Hunt Area Late Hunting Season Status
GMU 101 Jan 1, 2020 - Apr 30, 2020 CLOSED
GMU 105 Jan 1, 2020 - Apr 30, 2020 CLOSED
GMUs 108, 111 Jan 1, 2020 - Apr 30, 2020 CLOSED
GMU 113 Jan 1, 2020 - Apr 30, 2020 CLOSED
GMU 117 Jan 1, 2020 - Apr 30, 2020 CLOSED
GMU 121 Jan 1, 2020 - Apr 30, 2020 CLOSED
GMUs 124, 127, 130 Jan 1, 2020 - Apr 30, 2020 CLOSED
GMUs 133, 136, 139, 142, 248, 254, 260, 262, 266, 269, 272, 278, 284, 290, 330, 334, 371, 372, 373, 379, 381 Jan 1, 2020 - Apr 30, 2020 CLOSED
GMUs 145, 166, 175, 178 Jan 1, 2020 - Apr 30, 2020 CLOSED
GMUs 149, 154, 162, 163 Jan 1, 2020 - Apr 30, 2020 CLOSED
GMUs 169, 172, 181, 186 Jan 1, 2020 - Apr 30, 2020 CLOSED
GMU 203 Jan 1, 2020 - Apr 30, 2020 CLOSED
GMU 204 Jan 1, 2020 - Apr 30, 2020 CLOSED
GMUs 209, 215 Jan 1, 2020 - Apr 30, 2020 CLOSED
GMUs 218, 231 Jan 1, 2020 - Apr 30, 2020 CLOSED
GMU 224 Jan 1, 2020 - Apr 30, 2020 CLOSED
GMUs 233, 239 Jan 1, 2020 - Apr 30, 2020 CLOSED
GMUs 242, 243 Jan 1, 2020 - Apr 30, 2020 CLOSED
GMUs 244, 246, 247 Jan 1, 2020 - Apr 30, 2020 CLOSED
GMUs 245, 250 Jan 1, 2020 - Apr 30, 2020 CLOSED
GMUs 249, 251 Jan 1, 2020 - Apr 30, 2020 CLOSED
GMUs 328, 329, 335 Jan 1, 2020 - Apr 30, 2020 CLOSED
GMUs 336, 340, 342, 346 Jan 1, 2020 - Apr 30, 2020 CLOSED
GMUs 352, 356, 360, 364, 368 Jan 1, 2020 - Apr 30, 2020 CLOSED
GMUs 382, 388 Jan 1, 2020 - Apr 30, 2020 CLOSED
GMU 407 Jan 1, 2020 - Apr 30, 2020 CLOSED
GMUs 418, 426, 437 Jan 1, 2020 - Apr 30, 2020 CLOSED
GMUs 448, 450 Jan 1, 2020 - Apr 30, 2020 CLOSED
GMU 454 Jan 1, 2020 - Apr 30, 2020 CLOSED
GMU 460 Jan 1, 2020 - Apr 30, 2020 CLOSED
GMUs 466, 485a, 490 Jan 1, 2020 - Apr 30, 2020 CLOSED
GMUs 501, 504, 506, 530 Jan 1, 2020 - Apr 30, 2020 CLOSED
GMUs 503, 505, 520, 550 Jan 1, 2020 - Apr 30, 2020 CLOSED
GMUs 510, 513 Jan 1, 2020 - Apr 30, 2020 CLOSED
GMU 516 Jan 1, 2020 - Apr 30, 2020 CLOSED
GMUs 524, 554, 556 Jan 1, 2020 - Apr 30, 2020 CLOSED
GMU 560 Jan 1, 2020 - Apr 30, 2020 CLOSED
GMU 564 Jan 1, 2020 - Apr 30, 2020 CLOSED
GMU 568 Jan 1, 2020 - Apr 30, 2020 CLOSED
GMU 572 Jan 1, 2020 - Apr 30, 2020 CLOSED
GMUs 574, 578 Jan 1, 2020 - Apr 30, 2020 CLOSED
GMUs 601, 602, 603, 612 Jan 1, 2020 - Apr 30, 2020 CLOSED
GMUs 607, 615 Jan 1, 2020 - Apr 30, 2020 CLOSED
GMUs 618, 636, 638 Jan 1, 2020 - Apr 30, 2020 CLOSED
GMUs 621, 624, 627, 633 Jan 1, 2020 - Apr 30, 2020 CLOSED
GMUs 642, 648, 651 Jan 1, 2020 - Apr 30, 2020 CLOSED
GMUs 652, 666 Jan 1, 2020 - Apr 30, 2020 CLOSED
GMUs 653, 654 Jan 1, 2020 - Apr 30, 2020 CLOSED
GMUs 658, 660, 663, 672, 673, 681, 684, 699 Jan 1, 2020 - Apr 30, 2020 CLOSED
GMU 667 Jan 1, 2020 - Apr 30, 2020 CLOSED

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