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, with proof of sex attached).  **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 Late Hunting Season Status
GMU 101 January 1 - April 30, 2021 OPEN
GMU 105 January 1 - April 30, 2021 OPEN
GMUs 108, 111 January 1 - April 30, 2021 OPEN
GMU 113 January 1 - April 30, 2021 OPEN
GMU 117 January 1 - April 30, 2021 CLOSED
GMU 121 January 1 - April 30, 2021 OPEN
GMUs 124, 127, 130 January 1 - April 30, 2021 CLOSED
GMUs 133, 136, 139, 142, 248, 254, 260, 262, 266, 269, 272, 278, 284, 290, 330, 334, 371, 372, 373, 379, 381 January 1 - April 30, 2021 OPEN
GMUs 145, 166, 175, 178 January 1 - April 30, 2021 OPEN
GMUs 149, 154, 162, 163 January 1 - April 30, 2021 OPEN
GMUs 169, 172, 181, 186 January 1 - April 30, 2021 OPEN
GMU 203 January 1 - April 30, 2021 OPEN
GMU 204 January 1 - April 30, 2021 OPEN
GMUs 209, 215 January 1 - April 30, 2021 CLOSED
GMUs 218, 231 January 1 - April 30, 2021 OPEN
GMU 224 January 1 - April 30, 2021 OPEN
GMUs 233, 239 January 1 - April 30, 2021 OPEN
GMUs 242, 243 January 1 - April 30, 2021 OPEN
GMUs 244, 246, 247 January 1 - April 30, 2021 OPEN
GMUs 245, 250 January 1 - April 30, 2021 OPEN
GMUs 249, 251 January 1 - April 30, 2021 OPEN
GMUs 328, 329, 335 January 1 - April 30, 2021 CLOSED
GMUs 336, 340, 342, 346 January 1 - April 30, 2021 OPEN
GMUs 352, 356, 360, 364, 368 January 1 - April 30, 2021 OPEN
GMUs 382, 388 January 1 - April 30, 2021 OPEN
GMU 407 January 1 - April 30, 2021 OPEN
GMUs 418, 426, 437 January 1 - April 30, 2021 OPEN
GMUs 448, 450 January 1 - April 30, 2021 OPEN
GMU 454 January 1 - April 30, 2021 OPEN
GMU 460 January 1 - April 30, 2021 OPEN
GMUs 466, 485a, 490 January 1 - April 30, 2021 OPEN
GMUs 501, 504, 506, 530 January 1 - April 30, 2021 OPEN
GMUs 503, 505, 520, 550 January 1 - April 30, 2021 OPEN
GMUs 510, 513 January 1 - April 30, 2021 OPEN
GMU 516 January 1 - April 30, 2021 CLOSED
GMUs 524, 554, 556 January 1 - April 30, 2021 OPEN
GMU 560 January 1 - April 30, 2021 OPEN
GMU 564 January 1 - April 30, 2021 CLOSED
GMU 568 January 1 - April 30, 2021 CLOSED
GMU 572 January 1 - April 30, 2021 OPEN
GMUs 574, 578 January 1 - April 30, 2021 OPEN
GMUs 601, 602, 603, 612 January 1 - April 30, 2021 OPEN
GMUs 607, 615 January 1 - April 30, 2021

CLOSED

GMUs 618, 636, 638 January 1 - April 30, 2021 OPEN
GMUs 621, 624, 627, 633 January 1 - April 30, 2021 OPEN
GMUs 642, 648, 651 January 1 - April 30, 2021 OPEN
GMUs 652, 666 January 1 - April 30, 2021 OPEN
GMUs 653, 654 January 1 - April 30, 2021 OPEN
GMUs 658, 660, 663, 672, 673, 681, 684, 699 January 1 - April 30, 2021 OPEN
GMU 667 January 1 - April 30, 2021 OPEN

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