WDFW to open application period for Master Hunter Permit Program


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News release

Kris Thorson, 360-902-8410

OLYMPIA – Washington’s Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is inviting new applicants to join the ranks of 1,650 certified master hunters across the state. WDFW administers the Master Hunter Permit Program to skilled volunteers who are willing to aid department efforts in support of the public and Washington wildlife.  

WDFW is opening its Master Hunter Permit Program to new applicants. The program is designed to promote safe, lawful, and ethical hunting, and to strengthen Washington's hunting heritage and conservation ethic.

WDFW enlists master hunters for controlled hunts to remove wildlife that damage property. Master hunters also provide approximately 15,000 hours each year on volunteer projects involving landowner relations and access to private lands, conservation projects for game and diversity species, and hunter education.

"To qualify for the program, applicants must demonstrate a high skill level and be committed to lawful and ethical hunting practices," said David Whipple, WDFW hunter education division manager.

To enroll in the program, hunters must:

  • pay a $50 application fee
  • pass a criminal background check
  • pass a written test
  • demonstrate shooting proficiency
  • provide at least 20 hours of approved volunteer service
  • and meet other qualifications described on WDFW's website at https://wdfw.wa.gov/hunting/requirements/master-hunter.

Applicants can submit applications from July 1 through August 15, 2019. Applicants must complete the MHPP requirements by May 15, 2020. Whipple encourages individuals who enroll in the program to prepare thoroughly for the written test because applicants only get one chance to re-take the exam.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is the state agency tasked with preserving, protecting and perpetuating fish, wildlife and ecosystems, while providing sustainable fishing and hunting opportunities.

Individuals who need to receive this information in an alternative format, language, or who need reasonable accommodations to participate in WDFW-sponsored public meetings or other activities may contact the Civil Rights Coordinator by phone at 360-902-2349, TTY (711), or email (Title6@dfw.wa.gov). For more information, see https://wdfw.wa.gov/accessibility/requests-accommodation.