Moose Season Information

Here are the details for the Moose hunting season in Washington:

Kettle Range-East Okanogan

  • Season Dates: Oct. 1 - Nov. 30
  • Moose Type: Any Antlered Bull Moose
  • GMUs or Boundary: GMUs 101, 105, 204
  • Permits: 10

Douglas A – Early

  • Season Dates: Oct. 1 - 31
  • Moose Type: Any Antlered Bull Moose
  • GMU: GMU 108
  • Permits: 4

Douglas A – Late

  • Season Dates: Nov. 1 - 30
  • Moose Type: Any Antlered Bull Moose
  • GMU: GMU 108
  • Permits: 4

Aladdin A – Early

  • Season Dates: Oct. 1 - 31
  • Moose Type: Any Antlered Bull Moose
  • GMU: GMU 111
  • Permits: 3

Aladdin A – Late

  • Season Dates: Nov. 1 - 30
  • Moose Type: Any Antlered Bull Moose
  • GMU: GMU 111
  • Permits: 3

Selkirk 113

  • Season Dates: Oct. 1 - Nov. 30
  • Moose Type: Any Antlered Bull Moose
  • GMU: GMU 113
  • Permits: 15

49 Degrees North A – Early

  • Season Dates: Oct. 1 - 31
  • Moose Type: Any Antlered Bull Moose
  • GMU: GMU 117 (except Parker Lake)
  • Permits: 12

49 Degrees North A – Late

  • Season Dates: Nov. 1 - 30
  • Moose Type: Any Antlered Bull Moose
  • GMU: GMU 117 (except Parker Lake)
  • Permits: 12

Huckleberry A – Early

  • Season Dates: Oct. 1 - 31
  • Moose Type: Any Antlered Bull Moose
  • GMU: GMU 121
  • Permits: 10

Huckleberry A – Late

  • Season Dates: Nov. 1 - 30
  • Moose Type: Any Antlered Bull Moose
  • GMU: GMU 121
  • Permits: 10

Spokane West A C

  • Season Dates: Oct. 1 - Nov. 30
  • Moose Type: Any Antlered Bull Moose
  • GMU: GMU 124 west of Hwy 395
  • Permits: 2

Mt Spokane South A

  • Season Dates: Oct. 1 - Nov. 30
  • Moose Type: Any Antlered Bull Moose
  • Moose Area: Moose Area 1 (within 124)
  • Permits: 8

Mt Spokane North A

  • Season Dates: Oct. 1 - Nov. 30
  • Moose Type: Any Antlered Bull Moose
  • Moose Area: Moose Area 2 (within 124)
  • Permits: 8

Hangman C

  • Season Dates: Oct. 1 - Nov. 30
  • Moose Type: Any Antlered Bull Moose
  • GMUs: GMU 127, 130, 139
  • Permits: 4

Douglas 108 B

  • Season Dates: Oct. 1 - Nov. 30
  • Moose Type: Antlerless Only
  • GMU: GMU 108
  • Permits: 2

Aladdin 111 B

  • Season Dates: Oct. 1 - Nov. 30
  • Moose Type: Antlerless Only
  • GMU: GMU 111
  • Permits: 2

49 Degrees North B

  • Season Dates: Oct. 1 - Nov. 30
  • Moose Type: Antlerless Only
  • GMU: GMU 117 (except Parker Lake)
  • Permits: 2

Huckleberry B

  • Season Dates: Oct. 1 - Nov. 30
  • Moose Type: Antlerless Only
  • GMU: GMU 121
  • Permits: 8

Mt Spokane South B

  • Season Dates: Oct. 1 - Nov. 30
  • Moose Type: Antlerless Only
  • Moose Area: Moose Area 1 (within 124)
  • Permits: 2

Mt Spokane North B

  • Season Dates: Oct. 1 - Nov. 30
  • Moose Type: Antlerless Only
  • Moose Area: Moose Area 2 (within 124)
  • Permits: 2

Mica Peak C

  • Season Dates: Oct. 1 - Nov. 30
  • Moose Type: Antlerless Only
  • GMU: GMU 127
  • Permits: 2

Cheney B C

  • Season Dates: Oct. 1 - Nov. 30
  • Moose Type: Antlerless Only
  • GMUs: GMU 130, 139
  • Permits: 2

Mt Spokane South Y

  • Season Dates: Oct. 1 - Nov. 30
  • Moose Type: Youth Only - Antlerless
  • Moose Area: Moose Area 1 (within 124)
  • Permits: 1

49 Degrees North V

  • Season Dates: Oct. 1 - Nov. 30
  • Moose Type: 65 and Over - Antlerless
  • GMU: GMU 117 (except Parker Lake)
  • Permits: 1

Huckleberry V

  • Season Dates: Oct. 1 - Nov. 30
  • Moose Type: 65 and Over - Antlerless
  • GMU: GMU 121
  • Permits: 2

49 Degrees North D

  • Season Dates: Oct. 1 - Nov. 30
  • Moose Type: Disabled Hunter - Antlerless Only
  • GMU: GMU 117 (except Parker Lake)
  • Permits: 1

Mt Spokane North D

  • Season Dates: Oct. 1 - Nov. 30
  • Moose Type: Disabled Hunter - Antlerless Only
  • Moose Area: Moose Area 2 (within 124)
  • Permits: 1

Please note the specific moose hunting seasons, types, GMUs or boundaries, and the number of permits available for each hunt.

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Elk Season WA Elk Season Method Hunting Dates East Master Hunters Master Hunters Aug 1, 2023 - Jan 20, 2024 East Firearm Firearm (1st Season) Sep 9, 2023 - Sep 24, 2023 East Early Archery Archery Sep 9, 2023 - Sep 21, 2023 West Early Archery Archery Sep 9, 2023 - Sep 21, 2023 East Early Muzzleloader Muzzleloader Oct 7, 2023 - Oct 13, 2023 West Early Muzzleloader Muzzleloader Oct 7, 2023 - Oct 13, 2023 East Late Archery Archery Oct 25, 2023 - Jan 30, 2024 East Firearm Firearm (1st Season) Oct 28, 2023 - Nov 5, 2023 East Firearm Firearm (2nd season) Oct 28, 2023 - Nov 15, 2023 East Late Muzzleloader Muzzleloader Oct 28, 2023 - Dec 8, 2023 West Firearm Firearm Nov 4, 2023 - Nov 15, 2023 West Late Archery Archery Nov 22, 2023 - Dec 15, 2023 West Late Muzzleloader Muzzleloader Nov 22, 2023 - Dec 31, 2023
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Elk Season Information

Here is the elk hunting season information for Washington:

East Master Hunters

  • Method: Master Hunters
  • Hunting Dates: Aug 1, 2023 - Jan 20, 2024

East Firearm (1st Season)

  • Method: Firearm (1st Season)
  • Hunting Dates: Sep 9, 2023 - Sep 24, 2023

East Early Archery

  • Method: Archery
  • Hunting Dates: Sep 9, 2023 - Sep 21, 2023

West Early Archery

  • Method: Archery
  • Hunting Dates: Sep 9, 2023 - Sep 21, 2023

East Early Muzzleloader

  • Method: Muzzleloader
  • Hunting Dates: Oct 7, 2023 - Oct 13, 2023

West Early Muzzleloader

  • Method: Muzzleloader
  • Hunting Dates: Oct 7, 2023 - Oct 13, 2023

East Late Archery

  • Method: Archery
  • Hunting Dates: Oct 25, 2023 - Jan 30, 2024

East Firearm (1st Season)

  • Method: Firearm (1st Season)
  • Hunting Dates: Oct 28, 2023 - Nov 5, 2023

East Firearm (2nd Season)

  • Method: Firearm (2nd Season)
  • Hunting Dates: Oct 28, 2023 - Nov 15, 2023

East Late Muzzleloader

  • Method: Muzzleloader
  • Hunting Dates: Oct 28, 2023 - Dec 8, 2023

West Firearm

  • Method: Firearm
  • Hunting Dates: Nov 4, 2023 - Nov 15, 2023

West Late Archery

  • Method: Archery
  • Hunting Dates: Nov 22, 2023 - Dec 15, 2023

West Late Muzzleloader

  • Method: Muzzleloader
  • Hunting Dates: Nov 22, 2023 - Dec 31, 2023

Please note the specific elk hunting methods and hunting dates for each season.

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Goat Season Hunt Area Name (Number) Season Dates Permit Naches Pass (3-6) Sept. 1-Nov. 30 6002 Bumping River (3-7) Sept. 1-Nov. 30 6003 Chowder Ridge (4-3) Sept. 1-Nov. 30 6004 Lincoln Peak (4-4) Sept. 1-Nov. 30 6005 Avalanche Gorge (4-7) Sept. 1-Nov. 30 6006 Goat Rocks West (5-4) Oct. 1-Nov. 30 6007 Goat Rocks East (5-5) Oct. 1-Nov. 30 6008 Mt. Margaret Backcountry (5-6) Oct. 1-Nov. 30 6009 Mt. St. Helens South (5-7) Oct. 1-Nov. 30 6010
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Goat Season Information

Here is the goat hunting season information for Washington:

Naches Pass (3-6)

  • Season Dates: Sept. 1 - Nov. 30
  • Permit: 6002

Bumping River (3-7)

  • Season Dates: Sept. 1 - Nov. 30
  • Permit: 6003

Chowder Ridge (4-3)

  • Season Dates: Sept. 1 - Nov. 30
  • Permit: 6004

Lincoln Peak (4-4)

  • Season Dates: Sept. 1 - Nov. 30
  • Permit: 6005

Avalanche Gorge (4-7)

  • Season Dates: Sept. 1 - Nov. 30
  • Permit: 6006

Goat Rocks West (5-4)

  • Season Dates: Oct. 1 - Nov. 30
  • Permit: 6007

Goat Rocks East (5-5)

  • Season Dates: Oct. 1 - Nov. 30
  • Permit: 6008

Mt. Margaret Backcountry (5-6)

  • Season Dates: Oct. 1 - Nov. 30
  • Permit: 6009

Mt. St. Helens South (5-7)

  • Season Dates: Oct. 1 - Nov. 30
  • Permit: 6010

Please note the season dates and permits for each hunting area.

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Bighorn Sheep Season WA Sheep Season Hunt Dates Permit Hunt Name Sheep Unit 7 Oct. 1-31 5000 Cleman Mountain Sheep Unit 12 Sept. 15-Oct. 10 5001 Lincoln Cliffs Sheep Unit 13 Oct. 1-31 5002 Quilomene Sheep Unit 14 Sept. 15-Oct. 10 5003 Swakane Sheep Unit 16 Nov. 9-30 5004 Manson Sheep Unit 18 Sept. 15-Oct. 10 5005 Chelan Butte A E Sheep Unit 18 Oct. 11-Nov. 15 5006 Chelan Butte B E GMU 172, portions of GMU 181, 186 Sept. 15-Oct. 10 5007 Mountain View - Black Butte Sheep Unit 7 Oct. 10-31 5008 Cleman Mountain A Sheep Unit 7 Nov. 6-26 5009 Cleman Mountain B Sheep Unit 20 Oct. 1-10 5010 Lincoln Cliffs Whitestone Unit Sheep Unit 18 Sept. 15-Oct. 10 5011 Chelan Butte E Sheep Unit 7 Nov. 6-26 5012 Cleman Mountain Sheep Unit 18 Oct. 11-31 5013 Chelan Butte A E Sheep Unit 18 Oct. 11-31 5014 Chelan Butte B C, D, E
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Bighorn Sheep Season Details

Here is the information for Bighorn Sheep hunting seasons in Washington:

Cleman Mountain - Sheep Unit 7

  • Hunt Dates: Oct. 1-31
  • Permit: 5000
  • Hunt Name: Cleman Mountain

Lincoln Cliffs - Sheep Unit 12

  • Hunt Dates: Sept. 15-Oct. 10
  • Permit: 5001
  • Hunt Name: Lincoln Cliffs

Quilomene - Sheep Unit 13

  • Hunt Dates: Oct. 1-31
  • Permit: 5002
  • Hunt Name: Quilomene

Swakane - Sheep Unit 14

  • Hunt Dates: Sept. 15-Oct. 10
  • Permit: 5003
  • Hunt Name: Swakane

Manson - Sheep Unit 16

  • Hunt Dates: Nov. 9-30
  • Permit: 5004
  • Hunt Name: Manson

Chelan Butte A E - Sheep Unit 18

  • Hunt Dates: Sept. 15-Oct. 10
  • Permit: 5005
  • Hunt Name: Chelan Butte A E

Chelan Butte B E - Sheep Unit 18

  • Hunt Dates: Oct. 11-Nov. 15
  • Permit: 5006
  • Hunt Name: Chelan Butte B E

Mountain View - Black Butte - GMU 172, portions of GMU 181, 186

  • Hunt Dates: Sept. 15-Oct. 10
  • Permit: 5007
  • Hunt Name: Mountain View - Black Butte

Cleman Mountain A - Sheep Unit 7

  • Hunt Dates: Oct. 10-31
  • Permit: 5008
  • Hunt Name: Cleman Mountain A

Cleman Mountain B - Sheep Unit 7

  • Hunt Dates: Nov. 6-26
  • Permit: 5009
  • Hunt Name: Cleman Mountain B

Lincoln Cliffs Whitestone Unit - Sheep Unit 20

  • Hunt Dates: Oct. 1-10
  • Permit: 5010
  • Hunt Name: Lincoln Cliffs Whitestone Unit

Chelan Butte E - Sheep Unit 18

  • Hunt Dates: Sept. 15-Oct. 10
  • Permit: 5011
  • Hunt Name: Chelan Butte E

Cleman Mountain - Sheep Unit 7

  • Hunt Dates: Nov. 6-26
  • Permit: 5012
  • Hunt Name: Cleman Mountain

Chelan Butte A E - Sheep Unit 18

  • Hunt Dates: Oct. 11-31
  • Permit: 5013
  • Hunt Name: Chelan Butte A E

Chelan Butte B C, D, E - Sheep Unit 18

  • Hunt Dates: Oct. 11-31
  • Permit: 5014
  • Hunt Name: Chelan Butte B C, D, E

Please note the hunt dates, permits, and hunt names for each Bighorn Sheep hunting area.

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Bear Season Black Bear Fall General Season Dates August 1 - November 15 Area Restriction Fall bear hunting is banned on GMUs 157, 490, and 522. Bear hunting in GMU 485 requires a specific deer or elk permit. License Required Valid big-game hunting license with black bear option. Second Black Bear License/Tag A second black bear requires a new transport tag/license. Hunters may buy two black bear transit tags/licenses. Bag Limit Two black bears per licensing year. Hunting Method Any legal weapon may be used to hunt black bear. No bait or hounds are authorized for bear hunting (RCW 77.15.245). Female with Cubs Hunters should avoid shooting a mother with cubs. In the autumn, mothers may travel with 30-50 lb pups, which do not go quickly. Be patient before shooting. Bear Identification Test Hunters in certain GMUs must score 80% or better on the yearly WDFW online bear identification exam and provide confirmation of passing or an equivalent from another state. Where to Shoot a Bear The best shot is broadside, behind the bear's upper arm as it advances. Identification of Grizzly and Black Bear Federal and state laws prohibit shooting or killing grizzlies. Some GMUs require bear identification tests. Mandatory Submission of Bear Teeth WAC 220-415-090 requires all bear hunters to submit their first premolar tooth within 5 days of harvest, or by December 1, 2023. Send teeth in WDFW's pre-paid, self-addressed mortality envelope. Age Verification An external laboratory ages teeth up to six months following fall big game hunting season.
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Black Bear Hunting Season Details

Here are the details for the Black Bear hunting season in Washington:

  • Season Dates: August 1 - November 15
  • Area Restriction: Fall bear hunting is banned on GMUs 157, 490, and 522. Bear hunting in GMU 485 requires a specific deer or elk permit.
  • License Required: A valid big-game hunting license with a black bear option is required.
  • Second Black Bear License/Tag: Hunters may buy two black bear transit tags/licenses, but a second black bear requires a new transport tag/license.
  • Bag Limit: Two black bears per licensing year are allowed.
  • Hunting Method: Any legal weapon may be used to hunt black bear. No bait or hounds are authorized for bear hunting (RCW 77.15.245).
  • Female with Cubs: Hunters should avoid shooting a mother with cubs. In the autumn, mothers may travel with 30-50 lb pups, which do not go quickly. Be patient before shooting.
  • Bear Identification Test: Hunters in certain GMUs must score 80% or better on the yearly WDFW online bear identification exam and provide confirmation of passing or an equivalent from another state.
  • Where to Shoot a Bear: The best shot is broadside, behind the bear's upper arm as it advances.
  • Identification of Grizzly and Black Bear: Federal and state laws prohibit shooting or killing grizzlies. Some GMUs require bear identification tests.
  • Mandatory Submission of Bear Teeth: WAC 220-415-090 requires all bear hunters to submit their first premolar tooth within 5 days of harvest, or by December 1, 2023. Send teeth in WDFW's pre-paid, self-addressed mortality envelope.
  • Age Verification: An external laboratory ages teeth up to six months following the fall big game hunting season.

Please ensure you follow these regulations when participating in the Black Bear hunting season in Washington.

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Fox Season WA Fox Season Hunting Start Date Hunting End Date Note Fox 1-Sep 15-Mar Statewide, with the exception of the boundaries of the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie, Okanogan, Wenatchee, and Gifford Pinchot National Forests, all of which are closed. There is no bag or possession limit per day
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Fox Hunting Season Details

Here are the details for the Fox hunting season in Washington:

  • Hunting Start Date: September 1
  • Hunting End Date: March 15
  • Note: This season is statewide, with the exception of the boundaries of the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie, Okanogan, Wenatchee, and Gifford Pinchot National Forests, all of which are closed for fox hunting. There is no bag or possession limit per day.

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Bobcat Season Washington Bobcat Season Hunting Start Date Hunting End Date Note Bobcat Friday, September 01, 2023 Friday, March 15, 2024 Statewide. No daily bag & Possession limit. It is unlawful to hunt bobcat with dogs. In GMUs that are located in the department's designated lynx management zones, bobcat night hunting is not permitted.
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Washington Bobcat Season Information

Here are the details for the bobcat hunting season in Washington:

  • Hunting Start Date: Friday, September 01, 2023
  • Hunting End Date: Friday, March 15, 2024
  • Note: The bobcat hunting season is statewide in Washington, with no daily bag and possession limit. However, it is important to note that it is unlawful to hunt bobcats with dogs. Additionally, in GMUs (Game Management Units) located in the department's designated lynx management zones, bobcat night hunting is not permitted.

Please ensure you comply with these regulations while participating in bobcat hunting in Washington.

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Cougar Season Cougar/Mountain Lion Season Hunting Dates Note Early hunting season Sept. 1 - Dec. 31 Late hunting season Jan. 1 - Apr. 30 till harvest guideline, whichever comes first. Hunting cougar in April 2024 requires a valid 2024-2025 license/tag.
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Washington Cougar/Mountain Lion Season Information

In Washington, the cougar/mountain lion hunting season is divided into two periods:

  • Early Hunting Season:

    • Dates: September 1 - December 31
  • Late Hunting Season:

    • Dates: January 1 - April 30 or until the harvest guideline is met, whichever comes first.

Please be aware that hunting cougar in April 2024 requires a valid 2024-2025 license/tag.

Make sure to adhere to these hunting season dates and regulations while pursuing cougar/mountain lion in Washington.

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Coyote Season Washington Coyote Season Hunting Start Date Hunting End Date Note Coyote Year- round Year- round Statewide, The use of dogs in coyote hunting is prohibited. No daily bag and possession limit
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Washington Coyote Season Information

In Washington, the coyote hunting season is open year-round. Here are the details:

  • Hunting Start Date: Year-round
  • Hunting End Date: Year-round
  • Note: Statewide hunting for coyotes is allowed throughout the year. However, please note that the use of dogs in coyote hunting is prohibited. There is no daily bag and possession limit for coyotes.

Make sure to follow these regulations when hunting coyotes in Washington.

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Rabbit Season Washington Rabbit Season Hunting Start Date Hunting End Date Note Cottontail rabbit and snowshoe hare Sept. 1 Mar. 15 Bag limit of 5 cottontails or snowshoe hares, straight or mixed bag. Possession limit of 15 cottontails or snowshoe hares, straight or mixed bag. Jackrabbit Closed statewide
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Washington Rabbit Season Information

In Washington, there are specific hunting seasons for different types of rabbits. Here are the details:

  • Cottontail Rabbit and Snowshoe Hare Season:

    • Hunting Start Date: September 1
    • Hunting End Date: March 15
    • Note: During this season, there is a bag limit of 5 cottontail rabbits or snowshoe hares, straight or mixed bag. The possession limit is 15 cottontails or snowshoe hares, straight or mixed bag.
  • Jackrabbit Season:

    • Hunting Start Date: Closed statewide

Please adhere to these regulations when hunting rabbits in Washington.

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Raccoon Season Washington Raccoon Season Hunting Start Date Hunting End Date Note Raccoon Sept. 1 Mar. 15 Statewide. No daily bag & Possession limit
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Washington Raccoon Season Information

In Washington, the raccoon hunting season details are as follows:

  • Raccoon Season:
    • Hunting Start Date: September 1
    • Hunting End Date: March 15
    • Note: This season is open statewide, and there is no daily bag limit or possession limit for raccoons during this season.

Please be aware of these regulations when hunting raccoons in Washington.

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Turkey Season WA Turkey Season Season Dates GMUs Bag Limit/Legal Bird Fall General Season Sept. 1 - Dec. 31 101-154, 162-186, 382, 388, 568-578, 203-290 Two (2) beardless and two (2) either sex turkeys in most areas; One (1) either sex turkey in specific GMUs Spring Youth Only April 1-7, 2024 Statewide* Combined season limit of three (3) turkeys; Specific bag limits in various counties Spring General Season April 15 - May 31 Statewide Three (3) turkeys Special Permit Only Hunts Nov. 15 - Dec. 15 Teanaway GMU 335 One (1)
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Washington Turkey Season Information

Washington offers various turkey hunting seasons with specific dates, GMUs (Game Management Units), and bag limits. Here's the information for turkey hunting in the state:

Fall General Season:

  • Season Dates: September 1 - December 31
  • GMUs: 101-154, 162-186, 382, 388, 568-578, 203-290
  • Bag Limit/Legal Bird: In most areas, hunters are allowed to take two (2) beardless turkeys and two (2) either sex turkeys. However, specific GMUs may have a bag limit of one (1) either sex turkey.

Spring Youth Only:

  • Season Dates: April 1-7, 2024
  • Statewide: Statewide*
  • Combined season limit: Three (3) turkeys
  • Specific bag limits: Various counties may have specific bag limits.

Spring General Season:

  • Season Dates: April 15 - May 31
  • Statewide: Statewide
  • Bag Limit: Three (3) turkeys

Special Permit Only Hunts:

  • Season Dates: November 15 - December 15
  • Teanaway GMU: 335
  • Bag Limit: One (1)

Please be sure to check specific GMUs and county regulations for any additional restrictions or requirements when planning your turkey hunting in Washington.

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Snipe Season Season Hunting Start Date Hunting End Date Snipe 14-Oct 22-Oct 25-Oct 28-Jan Upland Game Bird Seasons Grouse Season WA Grouse Season Hunting Start Date Hunting End Date Note Forest Grouse (Dusky, Sooty, Ruffed, and Spruce) Sept. 15 Jan. 15 Statewide. A bag limit of 4 grouse per day, to include not more than 3 Dusky or Sooty Grouse (combined), 3 Spruce Grouse, and 3 Ruffed Grouse. And Possession limit of 12 grouse, to include not more than 9 Dusky or Sooty Grouse (combined), 9 Spruce Grouse, and 9 Ruffed Grouse. Ptarmigan, Sage, and Sharp-tailed Grouse Closed statewide Closed statewide Partridge Season Washington Partridge Season (2023-2024) Dates Note Gray (Hungarian) Partridge (Eastern Washington) Sept. 16-17 Daily Bag Limit of 6 gray partridges & Possession Limit of 12 gray partridges Oct. 7 - Jan. 15 Daily Bag Limit of 6 gray partridges & Possession Limit of 18 gray partridges Pheasant Season Pheasant Season (2023-2024) Dates Bag Limit Per Day Possession Limit Western Washington (Youth Only) Sept. 16-17 (8am to 4pm) 2 either sex 4 either sex Western Washington (Hunters 65 Years or Older, Hunters with Disabilities) Sept. 18-22 (8am to 4pm) 2 either sex 10 either sex Western Washington (Regular Season) Sept. 23 - Nov. 30 (8am to 4pm) 2 either sex 15 either sex Western Washington Extended Season (ONLY at Belfair, JBLM, Kosmos, Lincoln Creek, Scatter Creek, Skookumchuck, Green Diamond resource lands & Whidbey Island release sites) (no pheasants released) Dec. 1-15 (8am to 4pm) 2 either sex 15 either sex Eastern Washington (Youth Only) Sept. 16-17 3 cocks only 6 cocks only Eastern Washington (Hunters 65 Years or Older, Hunters with Disabilities) Sept. 18-22 3 cocks only 15 cocks only Eastern Washington (Regular Season) Oct. 21 - Jan. 15 3 cocks only 15 cocks only Quail Season WA California (Valley) Quail & Northern Bobwhite (2023-2024) Dates Bag Limit Per Day Possession Limit Western Washington Sept. 23 - Nov. 30 (8am to 4pm) 10 mixed bag 30 mixed bag Eastern Washington (Youth Only) Sept. 16-17 10 mixed bag 20 mixed bag Eastern Washington (Regular Season) Oct. 7 - Jan. 15 10 mixed bag 30 mixed bag Chukar Season Washington Chukar Season Hunting Dates Note Chukar (Eastern Washington) (Youth Only) Sept. 16-17 Daily Bag Limit of 6 Chukar & Possession Limit of 12 Chukar. Chukar (Eastern Washington) Oct. 7 - Jan. 31 Daily Bag Limit of 6 Chukar & Possession Limit of 18 Chukar. Crow Season WA Crow Season Hunting Dates Note Crow Sept. 1 - Dec. 31 Statewide, There is no bag and possession limit
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Washington Upland Game Bird Seasons

Washington offers a variety of upland game bird hunting seasons. Here's the information for some of the most popular game birds:

Snipe Season:

  • Hunting Start Date: October 14 - 22 and October 25 - January 28
  • Note: Please note the specific hunting dates for snipe.

Grouse Season:

  • Hunting Start Date: September 15 - January 15
  • Game Birds: Forest Grouse (Dusky, Sooty, Ruffed, and Spruce)
  • Note: Statewide. A bag limit of 4 grouse per day, including not more than 3 Dusky or Sooty Grouse (combined), 3 Spruce Grouse, and 3 Ruffed Grouse. Possession limit of 12 grouse, including not more than 9 Dusky or Sooty Grouse (combined), 9 Spruce Grouse, and 9 Ruffed Grouse.
  • Ptarmigan, Sage, and Sharp-tailed Grouse: Closed statewide

Partridge Season (Gray Hungarian Partridge):

  • Dates: September 16-17 and October 7 - January 15
  • Note: Daily Bag Limit of 6 gray partridges & Possession Limit of 12 gray partridges for the first set of dates. For the second set of dates, Daily Bag Limit of 6 gray partridges & Possession Limit of 18 gray partridges.

Pheasant Season:

  • Dates: Vary based on region and age/disability status
  • Western Washington:
    • Youth Only: September 16-17 (2 either sex per day, 4 either sex possession limit)
    • Hunters 65 Years or Older, Hunters with Disabilities: September 18-22 (2 either sex per day, 10 either sex possession limit)
    • Regular Season: September 23 - November 30 (2 either sex per day, 15 either sex possession limit)
    • Extended Season (Specific Areas): December 1-15 (2 either sex per day, 15 either sex possession limit)
  • Eastern Washington:
    • Youth Only: September 16-17 (3 cocks only per day, 6 cocks only possession limit)
    • Hunters 65 Years or Older, Hunters with Disabilities: September 18-22 (3 cocks only per day, 15 cocks only possession limit)
    • Regular Season: October 21 - January 15 (3 cocks only per day, 15 cocks only possession limit)

Quail Season (California Quail & Northern Bobwhite):

  • Dates: Vary based on region and age/disability status
  • Western Washington: September 23 - November 30 (10 mixed bag per day, 30 mixed bag possession limit)
  • Eastern Washington:
    • Youth Only: September 16-17 (10 mixed bag per day, 20 mixed bag possession limit)
    • Regular Season: October 7 - January 15 (10 mixed bag per day, 30 mixed bag possession limit)

Chukar Season (Eastern Washington):

  • Youth Only: September 16-17 (6 Chukar per day, 12 Chukar possession limit)
  • Regular Season: October 7 - January 31 (6 Chukar per day, 18 Chukar possession limit)

Crow Season:

  • Hunting Dates: September 1 - December 31
  • Note: Statewide, There is no bag and possession limit for crow hunting.

Please be sure to check specific hunting areas and any additional regulations when planning your upland game bird hunting in Washington.

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Migratory Birds Season Coot Season Washington Coot Season Hunting Dates Note Coot (West -Youth) Sep 23, 2023 - Sep 23, 2023 Bag and Possession limit of 25 Coot (East - Youth) Sep 30, 2023 - Sep 30, 2023 Bag and Possession limit of 25 Youth, Veterans & Active Military (Statewide) 3-Feb-24 Bag and Possession limit of 25 Coot (Statewide) Oct 14, 2023 - Oct 22, 2023 Bag and Possession limit of 25 Oct 25, 2023 - Jan 28, 2024 Bag and Possession limit of 25 Duck Season Washington Duck Season Hunting Dates Note Duck (West -Youth) Sep 23, 2023 - Sep 23, 2023 Bag and Possession limit of 7 Duck (East - Youth) Sep 30, 2023 - Sep 30, 2023 Bag and Possession limit of 7 Youth, Veterans & Active Military (Statewide) 3-Feb-24 Bag and Possession limit of 7 Duck (Statewide) Oct 14, 2023 - Oct 22, 2023 Bag limit of 7 and Possession limit of 21. Closed Oct. 14 - Nov. 3 (except Scaup season) Oct 25, 2023 - Jan 28, 2024 Bag limit of 7 and Possession limit of 21. Closed Oct. 14 - Nov. 3 (except Scaup season) Goose Season Area Season Dates Daily Bag Limit Possession Limit WESTERN WASHINGTON Canada Goose Goose Mgmt Areas 1 & 3 Sep 2-7 5 15 Goose Mgmt Area 2 Sep 2-10 5 15 Western Washington Youth (Goose Mgmt Areas 1, 2, & 3) Sept. 23 4 10 Youth, Veterans & Active Military (Statewide) Feb. 3 4 10 Goose Mgmt Area 1 Oct. 14-26 & Nov. 4 - Jan. 28 4 10 Goose Mgmt Area 2 - Coast Every day Oct. 14 - 29 3 10 Goose Mgmt Area 2 Every day Oct. 14-29 3 10 Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge Tuesdays, Thursdays, & Saturdays only Oct. 14-29 and Nov. 22 - Jan. 13 - - Goose Mgmt Area 3 Oct. 14-26 & Nov. 4 - Jan. 28 4 10 White Fronted Geese Goose Mgmt Area 1 Oct. 14-26 & Nov. 4 - Jan. 28 10 30 Goose Mgmt Area 2 - Coast Saturdays, Sundays, & Wednesdays only Nov. 1 - Dec. 3, Dec. 20 - Jan. 21, and Feb. 10-21. 9 30 Goose Mgmt Area 2 Saturdays, Sundays, & Wednesdays only Nov. 22 - Jan. 14 and Feb. 10 - Mar. 6 9 30 Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge Tuesdays, Thursdays, & Saturdays only Oct. 14-29 and Nov. 22 - Jan. 13 - - Goose Mgmt Area 3 Oct. 14-26 & Nov. 4 - Jan. 28 12 30 White Geese Goose Mgmt Area 1 Late Season (white goose only): Feb. 10-20 20 60 Goose Mgmt Area 2 - Coast During Feb. 10-21 10 30 Goose Mgmt Area 2 During Feb. 10 - Mar. 6 10 30 EASTERN WASHINGTON Canada Goose Goose Management Areas 4 & 5 Sept. 2-3 5 10 Eastern Washington Youth (Goose Mgmt Areas 4 & 5) Sept. 30 (Canada and White-fronted Goose only) 4 10 Youth, Veterans & Active Military (Statewide) Feb. 3 4 10 Goose Management Area 4 Saturdays, Sundays, & Wednesdays only during: Oct. 25 - Nov. 8 4 10 Goose Management Area 4 Saturdays, Sundays, & Wednesdays only during: Oct. 14-22, Nov. 11 - Jan. 21; Every day Jan. 22-28; Additional hunt days include: Nov. 10, 23 and 24; Dec. 25, 26, 28, and 29; and Jan. 1 and 15. 4 10 Goose Management Area 5 Oct. 14-30 & Nov. 4 - Jan. 28 4 10 White Fronted Geese Goose Management Area 4 Saturdays, Sundays, & Wednesdays only during: Oct. 14-22, Nov. 11 - Jan. 21; Every day Jan. 22-28; Additional hunt days include: Nov. 10, 23 and 24; Dec. 25, 26, 28, and 29; and Jan. 1 and 15. 4 10 Goose Management Area 5 Oct. 14-30 & Nov. 4 - Jan. 28 12 30 White Geese Goose Management Area 4 Late Season (white goose only): Feb. 17 - Mar. 3. 20 60 Swans Season Season Hunting Dates Swans Closed Statewide
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Washington Migratory Birds Season

Washington offers various hunting seasons for migratory birds, including ducks, geese, coots, and swans. Here are the details for each:

Coot Season:

  • Coot (West - Youth): September 23, 2023 - September 23, 2023
    • Bag and Possession limit of 25.
  • Coot (East - Youth): September 30, 2023 - September 30, 2023
    • Bag and Possession limit of 25.
  • Youth, Veterans & Active Military (Statewide): February 3, 2024
    • Bag and Possession limit of 25.
  • Coot (Statewide):
    • October 14, 2023 - October 22, 2023
      • Bag and Possession limit of 25.
    • October 25, 2023 - January 28, 2024
      • Bag and Possession limit of 25.

Duck Season:

  • Duck (West - Youth): September 23, 2023 - September 23, 2023
    • Bag and Possession limit of 7.
  • Duck (East - Youth): September 30, 2023 - September 30, 2023
    • Bag and Possession limit of 7.
  • Youth, Veterans & Active Military (Statewide): February 3, 2024
    • Bag and Possession limit of 7.
  • Duck (Statewide):
    • October 14, 2023 - October 22, 2023
      • Bag limit of 7 and Possession limit of 21. Closed October 14 - November 3 (except Scaup season).
    • October 25, 2023 - January 28, 2024
      • Bag limit of 7 and Possession limit of 21. Closed October 14 - November 3 (except Scaup season).

Goose Season:

  • Western Washington:
    • Canada Goose:
      • Goose Mgmt Areas 1 & 3: September 2-7
        • Daily Bag Limit: 5
        • Possession Limit: 15
      • Goose Mgmt Area 2: September 2-10
        • Daily Bag Limit: 5
        • Possession Limit: 15
    • Western Washington Youth (Goose Mgmt Areas 1, 2, & 3): September 23
      • Daily Bag Limit: 4
      • Possession Limit: 10
    • Youth, Veterans & Active Military (Statewide): February 3
      • Daily Bag Limit: 4
      • Possession Limit: 10
    • Goose Mgmt Area 1: October 14-26 & November 4 - January 28
      • Daily Bag Limit: 4
      • Possession Limit: 10
    • Goose Mgmt Area 2 - Coast: Every day October 14 - 29
      • Daily Bag Limit: 3
      • Possession Limit: 10
    • Goose Mgmt Area 2: Every day October 14-29
      • Daily Bag Limit: 3
      • Possession Limit: 10
    • Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge: Tuesdays, Thursdays, & Saturdays only October 14-29 and November 22 - January 13
  • White Fronted Geese:
    • Goose Mgmt Area 1: October 14-26 & November 4 - January 28
      • Daily Bag Limit: 10
      • Possession Limit: 30
    • Goose Mgmt Area 2 - Coast: Saturdays, Sundays, & Wednesdays only November 1 - December 3, December 20 - January 21, and February 10-21
      • Daily Bag Limit: 9
      • Possession Limit: 30
    • Goose Mgmt Area 2: Saturdays, Sundays, & Wednesdays only November 22 - January 14 and February 10 - March 6
      • Daily Bag Limit: 9
      • Possession Limit: 30
    • Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge: Tuesdays, Thursdays, & Saturdays only October 14-29 and November 22 - January 13
  • Goose Mgmt Area 3: October 14-26 & November 4 - January 28
    • Daily Bag Limit: 12
    • Possession Limit: 30

Swans Season:

  • Swans: Closed Statewide

Please ensure you comply with all regulations and check for any additional local restrictions when hunting migratory birds in Washington.

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