The examination to become a Master Hunter is difficult. The exam consists of 100 questions from the "exam materials" listed on this page.
Advance scheduling is required for all Master Hunter exams. The written exam is not available online.
The passing score on the written exam is 80 percent -- meaning a “B” or higher.
Here are some tips to help you prepare: Advice for Master Hunter Applicants Preparing to Test.
These materials were developed by the Master Hunter Permit Program and the Master Hunter Advisory Group to ensure Master Hunter applicants have the knowledge and expertise to be ambassadors for the department. The exam consists of 100 questions from the identified materials below. Be sure to study all of the materials. The exam is intended to test your knowledge on all aspects of being a Master Hunter, including being able to talk about hunting with any member of the public.
- Master Hunter Handbook
- Excerpt from the Game Management Plan July 2015 – June 2021
- Washington’s Big Game Hunting Seasons and Rules pamphlet
- Washington’s Migratory Waterfowl and Upland Game Seasons and Rules pamphlet
- Washington Hunter Education Online Study Guide
Remember, applicants who are not successful in passing the test on their first attempt may retake the test only once, after a 7-day waiting period, before the November 15 submission deadline.
To help understand what kinds of questions are on the exam, you can take the 25-question practice exam: Master Hunter practice exam.
Information for taking the exam
The examination to become a Master Hunter is difficult. Here are some tips to help you prepare: Advice for Master Hunter Applicants Preparing to Test
Instructions for taking the test
- Make and confirm arrangements with the test proctor well in advance.
- You must present photo ID upon arrival at the test site (driver’s license, student ID, or equivalent).
- You may not bring any electronic device, especially cell phones, into the test room.
- You may not bring any notes, pamphlets, or other study materials into the test room.
- You must bring pencils and erasers.
- You must bring or know your WILD Hunting/Fishing License ID number to record on the test answer sheet.
- The test will be strictly timed at 70 minutes.
- Persons who are not successful in passing the test may retake the test after a 7-day waiting period.
- Test Candidates are allowed one retest. A Test Candidate who fails the retest will not be allowed admission into the MHPP for that enrollment period; however, the Test Candidate may reapply during the next open enrollment period.
- If the test must be read to you, it is your responsibility to make advance arrangements with the test proctor.
- Persons caught cheating on the test will be excluded from the Master Hunter Permit Program for life.
- Master Hunter Program: Testing Policy
Due to COVID-19 restrictions WDFW is not holding any Master Hunter exams until further notice. All 2019 applicants will be notified when the exam schedule will resume.