Regulations & Seasons
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2018-2020 Hunting Season Setting Process

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife asks for your help identifying the major issues that are important to you for the next three-year hunting season cycle. As outlined below, the public has several opportunities to provide input throughout the season-setting process.

Watch this website for regular updates on the season-setting process. We will also be communicating directly via email to hunters who have purchased a license within the last couple of years. If you have not recently purchased a hunting license but would like to receive email notifications of news and upcoming events, we encourage you to subscribe to our e-mail distribution lists.

Season Setting Timeline:

Regions Submit 3-Year Hunting Season Setting Ideas: May – June 2017

WDFW Regions submitted 2018-2020 three-year hunting season setting ideas. Regional ideas were incorporated with ideas received from the public since the last 3-year hunting season setting process. The public had an opportunity to comment through a survey conducted from mid-July through August.

Formulate Recommendations and Alternatives: July – August 2017

Members of the public provided comments to help shape the 2018-2020 hunting seasons at a series of public "open house" meetings planned by the department in July and August. The public also provided online comments from July 17 through August 31, 2017. Public comments received at the meetings and through the survey helped the department understand the level of support for the proposed hunting regulations for 2018-20. Using that feedback, department staff members further refined the proposals.

Public Comment Period: January 24 - February 14, 2018

Please click the link below to view comments on the proposed regulations for the 2018-2020 hunting seasons.

View comments on proposed regulations

The department will brief the Fish and Wildlife Commission on these proposed changes at the March 15-17, 2018 meeting. This meeting provides the public with another opportunity to comment.

Changes can be made based on additional received comments, and final proposals will be presented to the Fish and Wildlife Commission for action and rule adoption at the April 12-14, 2018 meeting.