The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife monitors game population and harvest around the state, including big and small game, waterfowl, and migratory birds.
Three-year season setting is an in-depth rulemaking process. The department collects proposals for seasons both internally and externally. The department then usually conducts two rounds of public comment on the proposals. The Fish and Wildlife Commission sets seasons based on public input and staff recommendations.
Annual season setting is rulemaking for minor season changes or due to emerging needs. The Fish and Wildlife Commission also sets these seasons based on public input and staff recommendations.
WDFW worked with an external contractor to conduct two surveys to better understand Washington residents' attitudes toward wildlife management and Washington hunters' attitudes toward wildlife management. The results of those surveys are linked below.
- Responsive Management: Washington Residents’ Attitudes Toward Wildlife Management
- Responsive Management: Washington Hunters’ Attitudes Toward Wildlife and Hunting Management