Master Hunter written exam

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.

Exam materials

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.

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

Exam schedule

Advance scheduling is required for all Master Hunter exams. The written exam is not available online. Timed tests are administered at the locations below. Additional locations may be listed in the future.

Benton County

  • Master Hunter tests will be proctored in the Richland area on an "as needed" basis. You must pre-register in order to take the examination by calling Kyle Smith at (425) 343-8473, or via email at kyl3smith@yahoo.com. Exams will take place at the Richland Public Library 955 Northgate Dr Richland WA 99352.

Chelan County

  • Master Hunter tests will be proctored in the Leavenworth/Wenatchee area on an "as-needed" basis. You must pre-register in order to take the examination by calling Ray Boone at 509-548-4206, or via email at raynjoan50@hotmail.com.

Clark County

  • Master Hunter tests will be proctored at the WDFW Region 5 Office located at 5525 South 11th St. in Ridgefield. All test sessions will begin promptly at 5 p.m. To register, call Jim Sevier at 360-904-1456.

Cowlitz County

  • Master Hunter tests will be proctored in Cowlitz County on an “as-needed” basis.  You must pre-register in order to take the examination by contacting George Dennis at 360-423-0059 or georgeadennis@msn.com.

Grant County

  • Master Hunter tests will be proctored at the WDFW Region Two Office located at 1550 Alder Street N.W. in Ephrata. Pre-registration is required and testing will occur during business hours M-F. To make reservations call (509) 754-4624, extension 210 or 230.

Grays Harbor County

  • Master Hunter tests will be proctored at the WDFW Region 6 Office located at 48 Devonshire Rd. in Montesano. Pre-registration is required and testing will occur promptly at 10 a.m. Monday through Fridays. Scheduling will be on a case-by-case basis depending upon staff availability, and at least 24 hours advance notice is necessary. To make reservations, call 360-249-4628.

Lincoln County

  • Master Hunter tests will be proctored in the Davenport area on an "as-needed" basis. You must pre-register in order to take the examination by calling Jim Reinbold at 509-953-3376, or via e-mail at JMRein4061@aol.com.

King

  • Master Hunter tests will be proctored at the Seattle Public Library High Point Branch 3411 SW Raymond St, Seattle, WA 98126. The test dates are May 22 and July 3, 2018 5:45 p.m. - 7 p.m. The test session will begin promptly at 5:45 p.m. Master Hunter tests will also be proctored in the Seattle area on an "as needed" basis. You must pre-register in order to take the examination by calling Jeff Larsen at (206) 501-9881, or via email at pbandjonw@msn.com (preferred).

Pierce County

  • Master Hunter tests will be proctored at the Tacoma Rifle and Revolver Club, located at 8503 Chambers Creek Rd. West, in University Place. Pre-registration is required and testing will occur as coordinated with the test proctor. Testing windows will usually be available once per month, during the week, at 6:30 p.m. At least 24 hours notice is required. To make reservations, call Bob Brown at 253-582-2726 or 253-677-0568.

Skagit County

  • Master Hunter Exams will be proctored in Burlington on October 5, 2019 as well as January 4, March 7, and June 6, 2020. All exams will start at 10 a.m., and will be located at the Holiday Sports at 895 Nevitt Road, Burlington, WA 98233. You must pre-register to take the exam by contacting Dave Floyd at nwbowhunter@msn.com.

Snohomish County

  • Master Hunter tests will be proctored at the WDFW Region 4 Office located at 16018 Mill Creek Blvd. in Mill Creek. The test dates for 2019 are July 17, Aug. 14, Sept. 18, Oct. 18, Nov. 6, and Dec. 18. Test dates in 2020 are Jan. 8, Feb. 19, March 18, April 8, and May 13. Test will start at 3 p.m. and are by appointment only as there are a limited number of seats available. To register, call the Region 4 WDFW Office at 425-775-1311, then press 0 for customer service.

Spokane County

  • Master Hunter tests will be proctored at the WDFW Region One Office located at 2315 N Discovery Way, in Spokane Valley. The test dates for 2019 are Aug. 21, Sep. 18, Oct. 11 (3 p.m.) and 23, Nov. 13, and Dec. 4. Test dates in 2020 are Jan. 3 (3 p.m.) and 22, Feb. 12, Mar. 4 and 20 (3 p.m.), Apr. 8 and 29. Test will start at 1:00 pm unless indicated by the date, and be by appointment only as there are a limited number of seats available. You must pre-register by calling the WDFW Region One Office at (509) 892-1001.

Thurston County

  • Master Hunter tests will be proctored in Olympia at the Natural Resources Building (NRB) on an "as-needed" basis. We are located at 1111 Washington St. S.E. on the fifth floor. Please park in the NRB Visitor's Parking lot. Parking fees are 50 cents per hour and you must purchase and display a parking pass in your vehicle. You must pre-register by contacting Kris Thorson at 360-902-8410, or kristopher.thorson@dfw.wa.gov.

Whatcom County

  • Master Hunter tests will be proctored in Bellingham on an "as-needed" basis.  Location: 4341 Cable St., Bellingham 98229. Directions: take exit 253 and go right on King Street, left on Lakeway Drive, proceed about 4 miles staying right at the "Y' about a mile in. It is the first house on the left when road turns into Cable Street at the top of the hill. Grey house with 3 driveways. You must pre-register by contacting Paul Sadler at 360-671-8704 or 360-739-0943 or pmsadler@comcast.net.

Yakima

  • Master Hunter tests will be proctored at the WDFW Yakima Region Three Office on Sep 6, Oct. 11, Nov 8, 2019. Examinations will begin promptly at 9:00 am. Class size is limited to 10 people. The Region Three Office is located at 1701 South 24th Avenue, Yakima. Tests may also be offered on an "as needed" basis. To pre-register, please contact James Conway at james.conway1960@yahoo.com or (509) 654-8391, leave a message if there is no answer.