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 2020 Dates Game Management Units (GMUs) Legal Elk
Eastern Washington Oct. 31 - Nov. 8 101, 105, 108, 111, 113, 117, 121, 204 Any bull
Eastern Washington Oct. 31 - Nov. 8 145 through 154, 162 through 169, 172 (except Elk Area 1040), 175 through 186, 249, 336 through 368 Spike bull
Eastern Washington Oct. 31 - Nov. 8 251, 328, 329, 334, 335 True spike bull
Eastern Washington Sept. 12-27 Elk Area 3722* Antlerless only
Eastern Washington Oct. 31 - Nov. 8 124 through 142, 372, 382, 388 Any elk
Eastern Washington Oct. 31 - Nov. 15 203, 209 through 248, 250, 254 through 290, 373, 379, 381 Any elk
Eastern Washington Aug. 1 - Jan. 20, 2021 Master Hunters Only: Elk Areas 3911 and 3912. Must wear hunter orange and/or hunter pink. Antlerless only
Eastern Washington Aug. 1 - Oct. 15 Master Hunters Only: 371. Must wear hunter orange and/or hunter pink. Antlerless only
Eastern Washington Dec. 9-31 Master Hunters Only: 127, 130 Antlerless only
Western Washington Nov. 7-18 460, 466, 503, 505 through 520, 524 (except CLOSED in Elk Area 5066), 530, 550, 560, 568, 572, 574, 578, 601 through 618, 624 (except for Elk Area 6071), 627, 633, 638 (except master hunters only in Elk Area 6064 portion of GMU 638), 642 through 651, 652 (except for Elk Area 6014), 654, 658, 660, 667 through 684. 3 pt. min.
Western Washington Nov. 7-18 501, 504, 663, Elk Area 6014 3 pt. min. or antlerless
Western Washington Nov. 7-18 407, 448, 564, 666 Any elk
Western Washington Nov. 7-18 454 Any bull

*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.

Elk: Archery

Early Archery General Elk Seasons

Elk Tag Area 2020 Dates Game Management Units (GMUs) Legal Elk
Eastern Washington Sept. 12-24 101 through 142, 204, 243, 247, 249, 250, 373, 379, 381, 388 Any elk
Eastern Washington Sept. 12-24 162, 166, 169, 172 (except Elk Area 1040), 175, 186, 336, 340, 352, 356, 364 Spike bull
Eastern Washington Sept. 12-24 328, 329 True spike bull
Eastern Washington Sept. 12-24 334, 335 True spike bull or antlerless
Eastern Washington Sept. 12-24 145, 149, 154, Elk Area 1010, Elk Area 1013, 163, 178, 181 Spike bull or antlerless
Eastern Washington Sept. 12-24 407, 448, 454, 564, 666, 684, Elk Area 6014 Any elk
Western Washington Sept. 12-24 501 through 505, 520, 550, 554, 560, 568, 572, 574, 578, Elk Area 6061, 652 (except Elk Area 6013 closed to antlerless), 654, 660, 663, 667 through 673, 681, 699 3 pt. min. or antlerless
Western Washington Sept. 12-24 460, 466, 506, 510, 513, 516, 524 (except CLOSED in Elk Area 5066), 530, 601 through 618, 624 (except for Elk Area 6071), 627, 633, 638 (except Master Hunters only in Elk Area 6064), 642 through 651, 658 3 pt. min.

Late Archery General Elk Seasons

Elk Tag Area 2020 Dates Game Management Units (GMUs) Legal Elk
Eastern Washington Nov. 25 - Dec. 8 101, 105, 108, 117, 121, 204 Any bull
Eastern Washington Nov. 25 - Dec. 8 124, 127, 373, 388 Any elk
Eastern Washington Nov. 20 - Dec. 8 178 Antlerless only
Eastern Washington Dec. 9 - Jan. 30, 2021 Elk Area 1010, 163 Antlerless only
Eastern Washington Oct. 31 - Nov. 15 203, 209 through 248, 250, 254 through 290, 379, 381. Must wear hunter orange and/or hunter pink. Any elk
Eastern Washington Aug. 1 - Jan. 20, 2021 Master Hunters Only: Elk Areas 3911 and 3912. Must wear hunter orange and/or hunter pink. Antlerless only
Eastern Washington Aug. 1 - Oct. 15 Master Hunters Only: 371. Must wear hunter orange and/or hunter pink. Antlerless only
Eastern Washington Dec. 9-31 Master Hunters Only: 127, 130 Antlerless only
Eastern Washington Nov. 25 - Dec. 8 334, 335 True spike bull or antlerless
Eastern Washington Nov. 25 - Dec. 8 336, 342, 346, 352, 364, Elk Area 3681 Spike bull
Western Washington Nov. 25 - Dec. 15 Elk Area 4601, 503, 505, 506, 530, 652 (except Elk Area 6013 closed to antlerless), 663, 667, 672, 681, and 699. Master hunters only in Elk Area 6064 portion of GMU 638 3 pt. min. or antlerless
Western Washington Nov. 25 - Jan 20, 2021 407 Any elk
Western Washington Nov. 25 - Dec. 15 448, 454, 564, 666, Elk Area 6014 Any elk
Western Washington Nov. 25 - Dec. 15 603, 612, 615, 638 (except for Elk Area 6064), 648 3 pt. min.

*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.

Elk: Muzzleloader

Early Muzzleloader General Elk Seasons

Elk Tag Area 2020 Dates Game Management Units (GMUs) Legal Elk
Eastern Washington Oct. 3-9 101 through 121, 204, 247 Any bull
Eastern Washington Oct. 3-9 124 through 142, 245, 250 Any elk
Eastern Washington Oct. 3-9 145, 149, 154, 162, 163, 166, 172 (except Elk Area 1040), 175, 178, 181, 336 through 342, 352 through 368 Spike bull
Eastern Washington Oct. 3-9 328, 329, 334, 335, Elk Area 2051 True spike bull
Western Washington Oct. 3-9 407, 448, 454, 564, 666, 684 Any elk
Western Washington Oct. 3-9 460, 466, 506, 510, 513, 516, 520, 524 (except CLOSED in Elk Area 5066), 530, 550, 554, 560, 568, 572, 574, 578, 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 Washington Oct. 3-9 501, 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 2020 Dates Game Management Units (GMUs) Legal Elk
Eastern Washington Nov. 25 - Dec. 8 130 through 142 Any elk
Eastern Washington Oct. 31 - Nov. 15 203, 209 through 248, 250, 254 through 290, 373, 379, 381. Must wear hunter orange and/or hunter pink. Any elk
Eastern Washington Aug. 1 - Jan. 20, 2021 Master Hunters Only: Elk Areas 3911 and 3912. Must wear hunter orange and/or hunter pink. Antlerless only
Eastern Washington Aug. 1 - Oct. 15 Master Hunters Only: 371. Must wear hunter orange and/or hunter pink. Antlerless only
Eastern Washington Dec. 9-31 Master Hunters Only: 127, 130 Antlerless only
Western Washington Nov. 25 - Jan. 20, 2021 407 Any elk
Western Washington Nov. 25 - Dec. 8 501, 503, 504, 505, 652 (except Elk Area 6013 closed to antlerless), 667 3 pt. min. or antlerless
Western Washington Nov. 25-30 578 3 pt. min. or antlerless
Western Washington Dec. 1-8 578 3 pt. min.
Western Washington Nov. 25 - Dec. 15 448, 454, 564, 666, 684, Elk Area 6014 Any elk
Western Washington Nov. 25-30 568, 574 3 pt. min.
Western Washington Nov. 25 - Dec. 15 601, 618, 651, 658 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 the U.S. Fish and Wildlife service website.

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.