Summary of elk hunting seasons

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

Elk: Modern Firearm General Season

Elk Tag Area 2019 Dates Game Management Units (GMUs)** Legal Elk
Eastern Washington Aug. 1 - Jan. 20, 2020 Master Hunters Only: 371, Elk Area 3911 and 3912. Must wear hunter orange. Antlerless only
Eastern Washington Sept. 7 - 22 Elk Area 3722* Antlerless only
Eastern Washington Oct. 26 - Nov. 3 101, 105, 108, 111, 113, 117d, 121, 204 Any bull
Eastern Washington Oct. 26 - Nov. 3 145, 149d, 154, 162-169, 172 (except Elk Area 1040), 175-186, 249, 336-368 Spike bull
Eastern Washington Oct. 26 - Nov. 3 251, 328, 329, 334, 335 True spike bull
Eastern Washington Oct. 26 - Nov. 3 124-142, 372*, 382, 388 Any elk
Eastern Washington Oct. 26 - Nov. 15 203, 209-248, 250, 254-272, 278d, 284, 290, 373d, 379d, 381 Any elk
Eastern Washington Dec. 9 - 31 Master Hunters Only: 127, 130 Antlerless only
Western Washington Nov. 2 - 13 407, 448, 564a, 666 Any elk
Western Washington Nov. 2 - 13 454 Any bull
Western Washington Nov. 2 - 13 460, 466, 503, 505, 506a, 510-520, 524 (except Elk Area 5066), 530ad, 550, 560, 568, 572, 574, 578d, 601-618, 624 (except  Elk Are 6071), 627, 633, 638 (except Master Hunters Only in Elk Area 6064 portion of GMU 638) 642-651, 652 (except  Elk Area 6014), 654-660, 667-681, 684d 3 pt. min.
Western Washington Nov. 2 - 13 501, 504, 663, Elk Area 6014 3 pt. min. or antlerless

Elk: Archery

Early Archery General Elk Seasons

Elk Tag Area 2019 Dates Game Management Units (GMUs)** Legal Elk
Eastern Archery Sept. 7 - 19 101-142, 117d, 204, 243, 247, 249, 250, 373d, 379d, 381, 388 Any elk
Eastern Archery Sept. 7 - 19 145, 149d, 154, Elk Area 1010, Elk Area 1013, 163,178, 181 Spike bull or antlerless
Eastern Archery Sept. 7 - 19 162, 166, 169, 172 (except Elk Area 1040), 175, 186, 336, 340, 352, 356, 364 Spike bull
Eastern Archery Sept. 7 - 19 328, 329 True spike bull 
Eastern Archery Sept. 7 - 19 334, 335 True spike bull or antlerless
Eastern Archery Sept. 14 - 19 328, 329, 336, 340, 352, 356, 364 Antlerless
Western Archery Sept. 7 - 19 407, 448, 454, 564a, 666, 684, Elk Area 6014 Any elk
Western Archery Sept. 7 - 19 460, 466, 506a, 510, 513, 516, 524 (except Elk Area 5066), 530ad, 601-618, 624 (except for Elk Area 6071), 627, 633, 638 (except Master Hunters only in Elk Area 6064), 642-651, 658, and 663 3 pt. min.
Western Archery Sept. 7 - 19 501-505, 520, 550, 554, 560, 568, 572, 574, 578, Elk Area 6061, 652 (except Elk Area 6013 closed to antlerless), 654, 660, 663, 667-673, 681, and 699d 3 pt. min. or antlerless

Late Archery General Elk Seasons

Elk Tag Area 2019 Dates Game Management Units (GMUs)** Legal Elk
Eastern Archery Aug. 1 - Jan. 20, 2020 Master Hunters Only: 371, Elk Areas 3911 and 3912. Must wear hunter orange. Antlerless only
Eastern Archery Oct. 26 - Nov. 15 203, 209-248, 250, 254-272, 278d, 284, 290, 379d, 381. Must wear hunter orange. Any elk
Eastern Archery Nov. 20 - Dec. 8 178 Antlerless only
Eastern Archery Nov. 25 - Dec. 8 101, 105, 108, 117d, 121, 204 Any bull
Eastern Archery Nov. 25 - Dec. 8 124, 127, 373d, 388 Any elk
Eastern Archery Nov. 27 - Dec. 8 328, 334, 335 True spike bull or antlerless
Eastern Archery Nov. 27 - Dec. 8 336, 342, 346, 352, 364, Elk Area 3681 Spike bull or antlerless
Eastern Archery Dec. 9 - 31 Master Hunters Only: 127, 130 Antlerless only
Eastern Archery Dec. 9 - Jan. 30, 2020 Elk Area 1010, 163 Antlerless only
Western Archery Nov. 27 - Dec. 15 Elk Area 4601***, 503, 505, 506a, 530ad, 652 (except Elk Area 6013 closed to antlerless), 663, 667, 672, 681, and 699d. Master Hunters only in Elk Area 6064 portion of GMU 638. 3 pt. min. or antlerless
Western Archery Nov. 27 - Dec. 15 448, 454, 564a, 666 Any elk
Western Archery Nov. 27 - Dec. 15 603, 612, 615, 638 (except for Elk Area 6064), 648 3 pt. min.
Western Archery Nov. 27 - Jan. 20, 2020 407 Any elk

Elk: Muzzleloader

Early Muzzleloader General Elk Seasons

Elk Tag Area 2019 Dates Game Management Units (GMUs)** Legal Elk
Eastern Muzzleloader Oct. 5 - 11 101-121, 117d, 204, 247 Any bull
Eastern Muzzleloader Oct. 5 - 11 124-142, 245, 250 Any elk
Eastern Muzzleloader Oct. 5 - 11 145, 149, 154, 162, 163, 166, 172 (except Elk Area 1040), 175, 178, 181, 336-342, 352-368 Spike bull
Eastern Muzzleloader Oct. 5 - 11 328, 329, 334, 335, Elk Area 2051 True spike bull
Western Muzzleloader Oct. 5 - 11 407, 448, 454, 564a, 666, 684d Any elk
Western Muzzleloader Oct. 5 - 11 460, 466, 506a, 510, 513, 516, 520, 524 (except for Elk Area 5066), 530ad, 550, 554, 560, 568, 572, 574, 578d, 602, 603, 607, 612, 615, 624 (except for Elk Area 6071), 627, 633, 638 (except for Elk Area 6064), 642, 648, 660, 672, 673, 681 3 pt. min.
Western Muzzleloader Oct. 5 - 11 501, 503, 504, 505, 652 (except Elk Area 6013 closed to antlerless), Elk Area 6014, 654, 663, 667, Elk Area 4601 3 pt. min. or antlerless

Late Muzzleloader General Elk Seasons

Elk Tag Area 2019 Dates Game Management Units (GMUs)** Legal Elk
Eastern Muzzleloader Aug. 1 - Jan. 20, 2020 Master Hunters Only: 371, Elk Areas 3911 and 3912. Must wear hunter orange. Antlerless only
Eastern Muzzleloader Oct. 26 - Nov. 15 203, 209-248, 250, 254-272, 278d, 284, 290, 373d, 379d, 381. Must wear hunter orange. Any elk
Eastern Muzzleloader Nov. 25 - Dec. 8 130-142*** Any elk
Eastern Muzzleloader Dec. 9 - 31 Master Hunters Only: 127, 130 Antlerless only
Western Muzzleloader Nov. 27 - 30 568, 574 3 pt. min.
Western Muzzleloader Nov. 27 - Dec. 8 501, 503, 504, 505, 578, 652 (except Elk Area 6013 closed to antlerless), 667 3 pt. min. or antlerless
Western Muzzleloader Nov. 27 - Dec. 15 448, 454, 564a, 666, 684d Any elk
Western Muzzleloader Nov. 27 - Dec. 15 601, 618, 651, 658 3 pt. min
Western Muzzleloader Nov. 27 - Jan. 20, 2020 407 any elk

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.

* GMU 372 and Elk Area 3722 are mainly private property. Hunters are not advised to try hunting these areas without making prior arrangements for access.

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

*** Majority of area is private land. Access is limited. Hunters are advised not to try hunting these areas without making prior arrangements for access.