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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Be ready for fall’s big-game hunting seasons

If you’ve got your sights set on notching a big-game tag this fall, be sure to carve out time to prepare for success. In a recent article, we cover three fundamental topics that create a foundation for hunting success.

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? There are two types of specialized license plates that support wildlife conservation 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.