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, 2019, 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).

Information last updated: August 29, 2019

Hunt Area Early Hunting Season Harvest
Guideline
Status
GMU 101 Sept. 1, 2019 - Dec. 31, 2019 7-9 Open
GMU 105 Sept. 1, 2019 - Dec. 31, 2019 2 Open
GMUs 108, 111 Sept. 1, 2019 - Dec. 31, 2019 5-6 Open
GMU 113 Sept. 1, 2019 - Dec. 31, 2019 5-6 Open
GMU 117 Sept. 1, 2019 - Dec. 31, 2019 6-8 Open
GMU 121 Sept. 1, 2019 - Dec. 31, 2019 5-6 Open
GMUs 124, 127, 130 Sept. 1, 2019 - Dec. 31, 2019 7-9 Open
GMUs 133, 136, 139, 142, 248, 254, 260, 262, 266, 269, 272, 278, 284, 290, 330, 334, 371, 372, 373, 379, 381 Sept. 1, 2019 - Dec. 31, 2019 None Open
GMUs 145, 166, 175, 178 Sept. 1, 2019 - Dec. 31, 2019 3-4 Open
GMUs 149, 154, 162, 163 Sept. 1, 2019 - Dec. 31, 2019 4-5 Open
GMUs 169, 172, 181, 186 Sept. 1, 2019 - Dec. 31, 2019 3 Open
GMU 203 Sept. 1, 2019 - Dec. 31, 2019 5 Open
GMU 204 Sept. 1, 2019 - Dec. 31, 2019 6-8 Open
GMUs 209, 215 Sept. 1, 2019 - Dec. 31, 2019 4 Open
GMUs 218, 231 Sept. 1, 2019 - Dec. 31, 2019 5-6 Open
GMU 224 Sept. 1, 2019 - Dec. 31, 2019 2 Open
GMUs 233, 239 Sept. 1, 2019 - Dec. 31, 2019 4 Open
GMUs 242, 243 Sept. 1, 2019 - Dec. 31, 2019 5-6 Open
GMUs 244, 246, 247 Sept. 1, 2019 - Dec. 31, 2019 5-6 Open
GMUs 245, 250 Sept. 1, 2019 - Dec. 31, 2019 5-6 Open
GMUs 249, 251 Sept. 1, 2019 - Dec. 31, 2019 5-6 Open
GMUs 328, 329, 335 Sept. 1, 2019 - Dec. 31, 2019 6-7 Open
GMUs 336, 340, 342, 346 Sept. 1, 2019 - Dec. 31, 2019 5-6 Open
GMUs 352, 356, 360, 364, 368 Sept. 1, 2019 - Dec. 31, 2019 5-6 Open
GMUs 382, 388 Sept. 1, 2019 - Dec. 31, 2019 3-4 Open
GMU 407 Sept. 1, 2019 - Dec. 31, 2019 None Open
GMUs 418, 426, 437 Sept. 1, 2019 - Dec. 31, 2019 11-15 Open
GMUs 448, 450 Sept. 1, 2019 - Dec. 31, 2019 10-13 Open
GMU 454 Sept. 1, 2019 - Dec. 31, 2019 None Open
GMU 460 Sept. 1, 2019 - Dec. 31, 2019 5-6 Open
GMUs 466, 485a, 490 Sept. 1, 2019 - Dec. 31, 2019 3 Open
GMUs 501, 504, 506, 530 Sept. 1, 2019 - Dec. 31, 2019 8-10 Open
GMUs 503, 505, 520, 550 Sept. 1, 2019 - Dec. 31, 2019 6-8 Open
GMUs 510, 513 Sept. 1, 2019 - Dec. 31, 2019 3-4 Open
GMU 516 Sept. 1, 2019 - Dec. 31, 2019 4 Open
GMUs 524, 554, 556 Sept. 1, 2019 - Dec. 31, 2019 3 Open
GMU 560 Sept. 1, 2019 - Dec. 31, 2019 5-6 Open
GMU 564 Sept. 1, 2019 - Dec. 31, 2019 1 Open
GMU 568 Sept. 1, 2019 - Dec. 31, 2019 2 Open
GMU 572 Sept. 1, 2019 - Dec. 31, 2019 3 Open
GMUs 574, 578 Sept. 1, 2019 - Dec. 31, 2019 4 Open
GMUs 601, 602, 603, 612 Sept. 1, 2019 - Dec. 31, 2019 5-7 Open
GMUs 607, 615 Sept. 1, 2019 - Dec. 31, 2019 4 Open
GMUs 618, 636, 638 Sept. 1, 2019 - Dec. 31, 2019 4-5 Open
GMUs 621, 624, 627, 633 Sept. 1, 2019 - Dec. 31, 2019 None Open
GMUs 642, 648, 651 Sept. 1, 2019 - Dec. 31, 2019 6-8 Open
GMUs 652, 666 Sept. 1, 2019 - Dec. 31, 2019 None Open
GMUs 653, 654 Sept. 1, 2019 - Dec. 31, 2019 5 Open
GMUs 658, 660, 663, 672, 673, 681, 684, 699 Sept. 1, 2019 - Dec. 31, 2019 9-12 Open
GMU 667 Sept. 1, 2019 - Dec. 31, 2019 3-4 Open

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