Licenses & Permits

Whether fishing, hunting, or just getting outside for the weekend, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife helps thousands make the most of this amazing state every year. Find the hunting and fishing license that fits your adventure, see what you need to access state-managed lands and water access sites, and learn about the necessary permits for construction projects that may affect wildlife or habitats.

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License news & important dates

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Hunt Washington: a guide to getting started

Hunting is a vital way of life for many people in Washington, and it contributes to important statewide conservation efforts. There are a variety of hunting opportunities for seasoned and first-time hunters alike.

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Hunters: help reduce the prevalence of elk hoof disease

WDFW is offering an exclusive special permit draw opportunity to Western Washington general season and most special permit hunters who submit elk harvest samples.

Conservation starts here

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Visit for tips, tricks, and the latest opportunities

This WDFW website is your one-stop shop for fishing and hunting how-to information, licenses, and agency promotions, all in the spirit of getting you and yours outdoors.

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Show your support for Washington wildlife

Looking for an easy way to help wildlife in Washington? Personalized plates and any of our six specialized license plates support wildlife conservation, viewing, and management in the state.

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Cover the water and the field with the Get Outdoors package

The Get Outdoors license package is your one-stop shop for fishing and hunting that gets you ready for anything and does it at a savings.