Reporting your harvest

Mandatory hunter harvest reporting allows the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) to better manage game species throughout the state and set permit levels for upcoming seasons. This in turn allows for more hunting opportunities.

Hunter reports can be submitted either online through WDFW's WILD licensing system or by phone at 877-945-3492. Do not mail or email your big game hunter reports, as they will not be accepted and you will be assessed a $10 administrative fee.

If you hold a trapping license (recreational or commercial) or are certified as a Wildlife Control Operator, or both, you must submit an annual activity report form even if you did not capture, trap for, haze, deter, or otherwise control wildlife.

If you were required to submit a tooth as part of your harvest, you can use WDFW's tooth lookup tool to see results.

If you need additional assistance with hunter reporting, please contact the Wildlife Program by email, or by phone at 360-902-2515.

Frequently asked questions

How can I submit my big game or turkey hunter reports?

Hunter reports can be submitted either online through WDFW's WILD licensing system or by phone at 877-945-3492. Hunters will need to create an account with a user name and password before they are able to report online.

The deadline for big game and turkey reporting is Jan. 31. After the deadline date, the system will not allow you to report.

Do I need to report my migratory bird harvest?

You must report your Migratory Bird harvest even if you did not hunt. You must report band-tailed pigeon, southwest Canada goose, brant, sea duck, and snow goose harvest cards by deadline dates either online through WDFW's WILD licensing system or by mail to:

WDFW Waterfowl Section
PO Box 43141
Olympia, WA 98504

If you mail your reports, they must be postmarked by the deadline date.

Report deadline dates can be found on the WDFW website. Failure to report by the deadline will cause a $10 administrative fee to be assessed.

Do I need to submit a report even if I didn't hunt?

If you purchased a hunting license and tag(s), you must submit a hunter report even if you did not hunt. Failing to report by the deadline will result in a $10 administrative fee.

Can I submit my hunter report after the deadline?

You cannot report after the deadline. The deadline is important in order to give WDFW time to collate the data, develop preliminary reports, and provide the information to department biologists across the state to set permit levels for the coming hunting season. Permit recommendations are presented to the public and a hearing is conducted in early March each year with adoption by the Fish and Wildlife Commission scheduled for early April. These timelines are tight.

Following the reporting deadline, WDFW conducts a telephone survey of randomly selected individuals who failed to report their hunting activity by the deadline. It is the random nature of the survey that allows WDFW to accurately estimate hunter effort, harvest, and success rates compared to previous years. While reports provided by hunters before the deadline are critical, once the deadline passes, WDFW no longer accepts sporadic reports because they reduce the statistical strength of the harvest estimate.

For this reason, you still may be contacted for information in a subsequent hunter survey. If so, WDFW would appreciate you taking the time to participate in this phone survey, even though it is not a substitute for the hunter reporting requirement and will not release you from the $10 administrative fee. WDFW strongly encourages you to submit your reports on time because it is important for management of wildlife in Washington and support for hunting opportunity.

Why impose a fee for failure to report?

The hunter report administrative fee encourages hunter reporting. Hunter reports are important for improving the accuracy of harvest statistics and providing information to WDFW biologists across the state so they can prepare for setting permit levels for the coming hunting season.

For more information on the hunter report fee, see WAC 220-413-100.

Can I fix a mistake on my hunter report?

If you made a mistake on your hunter report, contact the Wildlife Program before the deadline date so your report information can be adjusted. You can reach the Wildlife Program by email, or by phone at 360-902-2515.

How do I challenge the hunter report fee?

If you believe you have been assessed the hunter report administrative fee in error, please contact the Wildlife Program by email, or by phone at 360-902-2515.

If I paid a hunter report fee, do I still need to submit a report?

You will not be able to submit a report after the deadline date. If you pay the hunter report administrative fee, you have missed the deadline and are no longer required to report for that season's hunting activity.

WDFW encourages you to report on all future hunting activity because it is important for the management of wildlife and hunting opportunity.

How can I check my hunter reports?

You can check your hunter report information through WDFW's WILD licensing system. Log in to your account and click the hunter reporting link to see your reporting record.

After reporting successfully, you will receive a confirmation number.Write down this confirmation number and treat it like a receipt.

If you need additional assistance with hunter reporting, please contact the Wildlife Program by email, or by phone at 360-902-2515.

Why did the system not find my record when I tried to report?

There are a number of reasons this might occur. The most common error is the result of information being entered incorrectly at the point of license sale. If you find a mistake in your information, submit your hunter report by logging in with the incorrect information on your license. When you finish your report, contact the WDFW Licensing Division to update your profile.

You can contact WDFW Licensing by email, or by phone at 360-902-2464. If you find no errors and are still having problems with the reporting system, please contact the Wildlife Program by email, or by phone at 360-902-2515.

Why did I receive a notice to complete my hunter reports when I already completed all my reports?

There are several reasons this might have occurred. The three most common reasons are:

1. You completed your report after we created the notice. Check the date of the notice to verify.
2. Your report did not go through correctly.
3. Another hunter uses the same email address.

You can verify or submit hunter reports through WDFW's WILD licensing system. If you need additional assistance with hunter reporting, please contact the Wildlife Program by email, or by phone at 360-902-2515.

Why do I have multiple hunter reports due for some species?

You must report on each special permit and each additional tag purchased. This results in multiple reports for certain species. For example, if you drew both a quality deer and second deer special permit, you would owe hunter reports for your general season deer tag, the quality deer special permit, and the second deer special permit.

My special permit hunt extends beyond the January 31 deadline. When do I need to submit that hunter report?

If you drew a special hunt that extends beyond the January 31 deadline, you must report your hunting activity for that hunt within ten days of the close of that season.

You will still need to submit reports for all of your other hunts by the deadline date.

If I hunt in a deer or elk area, what location do I submit for my hunter report?

You would report the Game Management Unit (GMU) number where the deer or elk area is located. Use the online hunt regulations web map to help figure out the GMU.

How do I submit my hunter report if my special permit hunt dates overlap the general season?

Please do not double report your hunting activity. You want to report your hunting effort and harvest only under the correct category.

For example, if your deer special permit overlaps with the general season dates for the same Game Management Unit (GMU), you will have opportunity to harvest under either category (your special permit or the general season). If you harvest a deer under the special permit restrictions, you will want to report that harvest under the special permit category. To report your general season activity, you would enter that you did not harvest, but would still report the number of general season days in the GMUs you hunted the most..

If you were to harvest under the general season rules, you would report under the general season category and say that you did not harvest under the special permit. However, you would still enter the number of days you hunted the permit.

Why do I not see all of my transport tags listed when trying to submit my hunter reports?

There are several reasons this might be the case, but the most common include:

  • You bought a hunting package, but did not pick up your transport tag.
  • You have more than one WILD ID number in the system and you purchased your transport tags under a second number. For assistance in fixing this, contact WDFW Licensing by email at licensing@dfw.wa.gov or by phone at (360) 902-2464.

How do I submit my cougar report?

Like other big game hunter reports, you must report your cougar hunting activity either online through the WILD system or by phone at 1-877-945-3492. Cougar reporting is required if you purchased a cougar tag, regardless of whether or not you hunted or harvested a cougar.

All successful cougar hunters must also contact a WDFW office within 72 hours of killing a cougar to schedule a pelt sealing appointment. Pelts must be sealed within five days of notification. See the big game hunting seasons and regulations pamphlet for further details.