Hunt Contest Permit

A permit may be required for an organized hunt contest activity, not including field trials, in which participants are in competition with one another.

You need a hunt contest permit if:

  • An organized competition is held in which participants are given an allotted amount of time to harvest a specific wildlife species.


  • Nonrefundable application fee: $70.00
  • Permit fee: $24.00

A person wishing to hold a hunting contest must comply with the following provisions:

  1. Only organizations filed as a nonprofit corporation with the state of Washington may apply for a hunting contest permit.
  2. Hunting contest permit applications shall be submitted to the department 30 days prior to the proposed contest date.
  3. Applications must include the $70.00 application fee, $24.00 permit fee. The permit fee will be returned if the permit is denied.
  4. Contests are restricted to the species approved on the permit.
  5. Total value of prizes per contest shall not exceed $2,000.
  6. Entry fees or requests for donations are prohibited.
  7. It is unlawful to fail to comply with the conditions of a hunting contest permit.
  8. Hunting contests which may adversely affect wildlife resources will be denied.
  9. All applicable hunting regulations will be followed during the contest (e.g., hunting at night, weapon restrictions, and area restrictions).
  10. Number of coyotes taken during the contest must be reported to the department's Furbearer and Small Game Specialist within 30 days of the end of the contest.
  11. A wolf / coyote identification flyer will be distributed to all participants. This flyer will be enclosed with your permit.

Refer to WAC 220-412-110, RCW 77.32.525, RCW 77.32.540, and RCW 77.65.480

Please contact the WDFW Wildlife Program at 360-902-2515 or to request an application or for additional information