Summary of deer hunting seasons

The following are summaries for modern firearm, archery, and muzzleloader deer seasons in Washington. For more information, see the Big Game Hunting Seasons and Regulations pamphlet.

Deer: Modern Firearm

High Buck Hunts

Hunt Season 2019 Dates Game Management Units (GMUs)** Legal Deer
High Buck Hunts
(See page 105 for information on U.S. Forest Service maps.)
Sept. 15-25 Alpine Lakes, Mount Baker, Glacier Peak, Pasayten, All Wilderness Areas on the Olympic Peninsula, Henry Jackson Wilderness Areas and Lake Chelan Recreation Area 3 pt. min.

General Season

Hunt Season 2019 Dates Game Management Units (GMUs)** Legal Deer
Black-tailed Deer Oct. 12 - 31 407, 418, 426, 437, 448, 450, 454, 460, 466, 501-505, 506a, 510-520, 524-560, 568-574, 601-621, 624 (except Deer Area 6020), 627-654, 658-699d Any buck
Black-tailed Deer Oct. 12 - 31 410-417, 419-422, 564a*, 655, and Deer Area 6020 Any deer
Black-tailed Deer Oct. 12 - 31 578d 3 pt. min.
White-tailed Deer Oct. 12 - 25 101, 105, 108, 111, 113, 117d, 121, 124 Any buck
White-tailed Deer Oct. 12 - 22 203-284 Any buck
White-tailed Deer Oct. 12 - 22 127-145, 149d, 154, 162-186 (except Deer Area 1040) 3 pt. min.
White-tailed Deer Oct. 12 - 22 373d, 379d, 381 Any deer
Mule Deer Oct. 12 - 22 101-145, 149d, 154, 162-169, 172 (except Deer Area 1040), 175-186, 203-272, 278d, 284, 328, 330-368, 372*, 373d, 379d, 381, 382* (except Deer Area 5382), 388 3 pt. min.

Late General Season

Hunt Season 2019 Dates Game Management Units (GMUs)** Legal Deer
Black-tailed Deer Nov. 14 - 17 407, 454, 466, 501-505, 506a, 510-520, 524, 530ad, 550-560, 568, 572, 601-621, 624 (except Deer Area 6020), 627-654, 658-684, 699d Any buck
Black-tailed Deer Nov. 14 - 17 410-417, 419-422, 564a*, 655, Deer Area 6020 Any deer
White-tailed Deer Nov. 9 - 19 105, 108, 111, 113, 117d, 121, 124 Any buck

Hunters 65 and Over, Disabled, or Youth General Seasons

Hunt Season 2019 Dates Game Management Units (GMUs)** Legal Deer
White-tailed Deer Oct. 12 - 25 and Nov. 9-19  124 Any deer
White-tailed Deer Oct. 12 - 22 127-142, 145, 149d, 154, Deer Area 1010, 178 3 pt. min. or antlerless

Deer: Archery

Early Archery General Deer Seasons

Hunt Season 2019 Dates Game Management Units (GMUs)** Legal Deer
Black-tailed Deer Sept. 1 - 27 407, 410-422, 426, 437, 448, 450, 454, 466, 501, 504, 505, 554, 564a*, 568, 621-636, 648-652, 654-673, 684d Any deer
Black-tailed Deer Sept. 1 - 27 460, 503, 574, 601-618, 638, 642, 653, 681, 699d Any buck
Black-tailed Deer Sept. 1 - 27 578d 3 pt. min.
Black-tailed Deer Sept. 1 - 22 510, 513, 516, 520, 524, 530ad, 556 Any deer
Black-tailed Deer Sept. 1 - 22 506a, 550, 560, 572 Any buck
Mule Deer Sept. 1 - 27 101-121, 166, 169, 172 (except Deer Area 1040), 175, 181, 243, 334 3 pt. min.
Mule Deer Sept. 1 - 27 124-142, 145, 149d, 186, 244-247, 249, 250, 260, 284, 372*, 373d, 379d, 381, 382* (except Deer Area 5382), 388, Deer Area 3334 3 pt. min. or antlerless
Mule Deer Sept. 1 - 22 154, 162, 163, 178 3 pt. min. or antlerless
Mule Deer Sept. 1 - 22 251, 328, 335, 336, 340, 346, 352, 356, 360, 364, 368 3 pt. min.
Mule Deer Sept. 1 - 15 204-242, 248, 254, 262, 266, 269, 272, 278d 3 pt. min.
Mule Deer Sept. 16 - 27 204-242, 248, 254, 262, 266, 269, 272, 278d 3 pt. min. or antlerless
White-tailed Deer Sept. 1 - 27 101-121 Any buck
White-tailed Deer Sept. 1 - 27 124, 204-250, 254-284d, 373d, 379d, 381 Any deer
White-tailed Deer Sept. 1 - 27 127-145, 149d, 166, 172 (except Deer Area 1040), 181, 186 3 pt. min. or antlerless
White-tailed Deer Sept. 1 - 27 169, 175 3 pt. min.
White-tailed Deer Sept. 1 - 22 154, 162, 163, 178 3 pt. min. or antlerless

Late Archery General Deer Season

Hunt Season 2019 Dates Game Management Units (GMUs)** Legal Deer
Black-tailed Deer Nov. 27 - Dec. 15 437, 466, 510-520, 524 Any deer
Black-tailed Deer Nov. 27 - Dec. 15 448, 460, 506a, 530ad, 560, 572, 601, 603-618, 638, 642, 681, 699d Any buck
Black-tailed Deer Nov. 27 - Dec. 31 407, 410-417, 419-422, 454, 505, 564a*, 624, 627, 636, 648, 652, 654, 655, 660-672 Any deer
Mule Deer Nov. 21 - 30 209, 215, 233, 243, 250 3 pt. min.
Mule Deer Nov. 27 - Dec. 8 336, 342, 346, 352, 364, 388, Deer Area 3682 3 pt. min.
Mule Deer Nov. 20 - Dec. 8 145, 163, 178, 272, 278d, 373d, Deer Area 3372 3 pt. min. or antlerless
Mule Deer Dec. 9 - 31 Deer Area 1021 Antlerless only
White-tailed Deer Nov. 10 - Dec. 15 101 Any buck
White-tailed Deer Nov. 25 - Dec. 15 105, 108, 117d, 121 Any buck
White-tailed Deer Nov. 25 - Dec. 15 124 Any deer
White-tailed Deer Nov. 25 - Dec. 15 127 3 pt. min. or antlerless
White-tailed Deer Nov. 20 - Dec. 8 145, 163, 178, 272, 278d 3 pt. min. or antlerless
White-tailed Deer Nov. 27 - Dec. 15 204, 209, 215 ,233, 243, 373 Any deer

Deer: Muzzleloader

High Buck Hunts

Hunt Season 2019 Dates Game Management Units (GMUs)** Legal Deer
High Buck Hunts
(See page 105 for information on U.S. Forest Servive maps.)
Sept. 15 - 25 Alpine Lakes, Mount Baker, Glacier Peak, Pasayten, All Wilderness Areas on the Olympic Peninsula, Henry Jackson Wilderness Areas, and Lake Chelan Recreation Area 3 pt. min.

Early Muzzleloader General Deer Seasons

Hunt Season 2019 Dates Game Management Units (GMUs)** Legal Deer
Black-tailed Deer Sept. 28 - Oct. 6 407, 418, 426, 437, 448, 450, 501, 503, 504, 505, 506a, 510, 513, 516, 520, 530ad, 550, 554, 560, 568, 572, 574, 603, 607, 612, 615, 621, 624 (except Deer Area 6020), 631-651, 660, 663, 672, 673 Any buck
Black-tailed Deer Sept. 28 - Oct. 6 410-417, 419-422, 454, 564a*, 627, 652, 655, 666, 684d, and Deer Area 6020 Any deer
Black-tailed Deer Sept. 28 - Oct. 6 578d 3 pt. min.
White-tailed Deer Sept. 28 - Oct. 6 203, 204, 209, 215, 231, 233, 239, 242-246, 248, 250, 251, 260, 272, 278d, 284 Any buck
White-tailed Deer Sept. 28 - Oct. 6 101-121 Any buck
White-tailed Deer Sept. 28 - Oct. 6 124 Any deer
White-tailed Deer Sept. 28 - Oct. 6 127, 142, 145, 149d 3 pt. min. or antlerless
White-tailed Deer Sept. 28 - Oct. 6 130, 133, 136, 139, 175, 181, 186 3 pt. min.
White-tailed Deer Sept. 28 - Oct. 6 373d, 379d Any deer
Mule Deer Sept. 28 - Oct. 6 101-145, 149d, 175, 181, 186, 203, 204, 209, 215, 231, 233, 239, 242-246, 248, 250, 251, 254, 260, 262, 266, 269, 272, 278d, 284, 328, 330-342, 352-368, 373d, 379d 3 pt. min.
Mule Deer Sept. 28 - Oct. 6 Deer Areas 3334 and 3372 3 pt. min. or antlerless

Late Muzzleloader General Deer Seasons

Hunt Season 2019 Dates Game Management Units (GMUs)** Legal Deer
Black-tailed Deer Nov. 27 - Dec. 15 407, 410-417, 419-422, 454, 504, 564a*, 633, 666, 667, 684d Any deer
Black-tailed Deer Nov. 27 - Dec. 15 448, 460, 501, 602, 621, 651, 654, 658, 673 Any buck
White-tailed Deer Nov. 27 - Dec. 8 113 Any buck
White-tailed Deer Nov. 25 - Dec. 8 130, 133, 136, 139, 142 3 pt. min. or antlerless
White-tailed Deer Nov. 20 - Dec. 8 172 (except Deer Area 1040), 181 3 pt. min. or antlerless
White-tailed Deer Nov. 25 - Dec. 8 379d, 381 Any deer
Mule Deer Nov. 25 - Dec. 8 130 Antlerless
Mule Deer Nov. 25 - Dec. 8 379d, 381 3 pt. min.
Mule Deer Nov. 20-30 382* (except Deer Area 5382) 3 pt. min.

Notes

a See Big Game Closures on page 95 of the Big Game Hunting Seasons and Regulations. Columbia White-tailed Deer (CWTD) have recently been transplanted to the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge and may now be found in GMU 564 - as a reminder CWTD cannot be harvested as they are protected state and federally listed endangered species. Please refer to page (16) for visual characteristic between white-tailed and black-tailed deer. If you have any questions please call the Ridgefield NWR Manager at 360-887-2122 or visit this webpage from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife service.

d Visit the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service website for information about hunting on FWS refuge lands.

* GMUs 372, 382, and 564 are mainly private property. Hunters are advised to research ownership and access for hunting these units

** See page 96 in the Big Game Hunting Seasons and Regulations for Firearm Restricted Areas