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    2014 seasons are just around the corner! Get in shape! Scout Scout Scout!

  • 1,000,000 page views!!!!!!!  Thank you to everyone who has visited this site and has supported us.  (Dec 27, 2012)

  • Welcome to our new Platinum Sponsor Port Blakely Tree Farms!! Access Permits for thousands of acres of private lands around Western Washington.

  • Find out more about Port Blakely’s recreational access pass program here.

  • 2012 Spring Turkey link to WDFW2012 big game regulations link  MIGRATORY WATERFOWL & UPLAND GAME HUNTING PAMPHLET
  • Happy Birthday to HuntWashingtonState.com!!!  We have been on-line for 5 years in December.  Thank you to everyone  who has supported this site and have made many successful hunters!
  • 2011 seasons are underway!  Good luck to everyone!  Be safe, be ethical, and create lifetime memories.
  • Special permit drawing results are out!!  link  Congrats to all who have drawn that special tag!
  • 2011  and the new regs are out!      click here to go to the WDFW site to download   link to 2011 hunting regs Get those special permit apps in by May18!!
  • We are on Facebook (not really sure why...) But, we are posting some great pictures.  Like us and get updates to pictures and other information! 
  • Hunters have a chance to win one of nine 2011 special hunting permits if they report this year’s hunting activities for black bear, deer, elk, or turkey to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) by Jan. 10.Hunters can report by phone (877 945-3492) or the Internet http://fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov . Hunters should be prepared to give the game management unit they hunted and their individual WILD identification number, which is printed on license documents.
  • Season for Outdoor shows is coming!  Pacific NW Sportsmen's show, Washington Sportmen's Show, Outdoor Adventure & Recreation Show in Elma.  Check our calendar for specific dates!
  • HuntWashingtonState.com reached two milestones this week.  100,000 total visits and 500,000 page views.  Thank you to everyone who has supported this site!  (posted 10-24-10)
  • General Archery opens today!!!  The season officially starts.. Good luck to everyone! (posted 9-1-10)
  • 2010 regs           
  • Special Permits have been announced!  Good luck to all of those special permitees....Special permit lookup
  • Multi season Deer and Elk permit applications have to be in by 3-31-10.  Read more about special opportunity at the WDFW website. (link)
  • Sportsmen's show season is coming...  Portland, Feb 10-14 and Puyallup, Jan 27-31 click on the links to go to the websites for the shows. Seattle Spotsmen's Convention is Feb 19-20.
  • HuntWashingtonState.com is now on Facebook.  Be a fan of this site and receive regular updates from our editors!
  • Season is wrapping up for most big game hunters...  Make sure to report your hunting activity to comply with state law and be entered in the WDFW raffle. posted 12-15-09
  • October 17th!!!  modern deer, upland birds and ducks!  Good luck to everyone!  Send us your pictures and tips!
  • Let the arrows fly!  Sept 1, 2009 is here!  Archers... then muzzleloaders... then rifles.. good luck to everyone!  Let's see those pictures!
  • Special permits have been distributed for the year.  Good luck to all of you special applicants.  HELP WANTED!      We are receiving a number of requests for more information regarding Once in a Lifetime Hunts and Special Permit Area information.  If you've held those coveted tags, help provide a fellow hunter with your information about those special hunts!  (contact)
  • Time is running short for hunters planning to apply for special hunting permits for fall deer, elk, mountain goat, moose, bighorn sheep and turkey seasons. This year’s application deadline is midnight May 20, nearly a month earlier than in past years.  Permit winners will be selected by random drawing, with the results available by the end of June, said Dave Ware, game manager for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW)

  • 2009  Regs are out.             
  • New for 2009: Hunting Pamphlets Available Earlier (mid-April) Special Permit Applications Due Sooner (May 20)

    Starting in 2009, the Department will publish the hunting pamphlets in-house. This will allow for the pamphlet to be available nearly one month earlier. Since the pamphlets will be available sooner special permit applications can be submitted beginning April 20 and will be due by midnight on May 20. Drawing results will be available before the end of June instead of July.
  • Season for Outdoor shows is here!  Puyallup Jan 21-25    Seattle Sportsmens Convention Feb 13-14
  • Most of the big game seasons have finished for the year.  Make sure you submit your hunting information before January!  Make sure to report your big game hunting activity!!!  whether you harvested an animal or not, you must still report.  You can be fined for not reporting and if you report on time, you can get the chance at drawing one of a number of special permits. click here
  • Director of the WDFW, Jeff Koenings, Ph.D., has announced his resignation, effective Dec. 11, after a decade of leadership in fostering scientific and collaborative management of state natural resources.  Good luck Dr. Koenings!  Thank you for all you have done for Washington Hunters and Fisherman. The WDFW appointed Phil Anderson as interim department director. (posted 12-1-08)
  • Opening day for Modern Deer and Ducks October 11th.  Good luck everyone!
  • Opening day for archery deer happens on Sept 1... good luck to you arrow flingers!
  • 2008 Special permit season results are up... Get your WILD ID # and click here.   GOOD LUCK TO ALL THAT HAVE DRAWN!
  • 2008 Regulations are available on-line!  Click below to go to the WDFW website. (.pdf)
  • wdfw regulations for 2008 (.pdf only)           

  • Important 2008 season dates
    2008 Special Permit Application AvailableApril 16, 2008
    2008 Big Game Hunting Seasons and Rules AvailableMay 15, 2008
    2008 Raffle Tickets Must Be Purchased ByAugust 4, 2008
    2008 Migratory Waterfowl and Upland Game Seasons Pamphlets AvailableLate August 2008
    2009 Hunting Season Licenses AvailableDecember 1, 2008
    2008 Special Permit Application Submission DueJune 18, 2008
    2008 Band-Tailed Pigeon Application DueAugust 28, 2008
    2008 Sea Duck Applications DueSeptember 25, 2008
    2008 Snow Goose Application DueSeptember 25, 2008
    2008 Brant Application DueNovember 8, 2008
    2008 Spring Bear Special Permit Submission DueMarch 13, 2008
    Big Game Hunt Harvest Report Due (for Incentive Permit Drawing Eligibility)January 10, 2009
    Big Game Harvest Report Deadline10 days after your harvest or the season end. No later than January 31, 2009, unless your special hunt or late season exceeds this date.
    Brant Harvest Report DueFebruary 15, 2009
    Sea Duck Harvest ReportFebruary 15, 2009
    Snow Goose Harvest Report Due February 15, 2009
    Band-Tailed Pigeon Harvest Report Due September 30, 2008
    Pheasant Permit Return Due December 31, 2008
    Harvest Report for Previous Year Estimated Availability Mid-May for Website
    Late June for Printed Version
    Status and Trend Report for Previous Year Estimated Availability TBA
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  • 2008 Spring Turkey Pamphlet is available! click on the picture to download from the WDFW website.

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  • WANTED! A newly formed Washington specific chapter of Hunt of A Lifetime is looking for volunteers and sponsors.  Send Steve G. an email at SteveG@huntofalifetime.org   This is a great organization. "Hunt Of A Lifetime" is a nonprofit organization with a mission to grant hunting & fishing adventures and dreams for children age 21 and under, who have been diagnosed with life threatening illnesses. We are doing what we can to make a difference in their life, a dream come true."
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  • Master Hunter orientations are being offered in Ellensburg and Olympia.  The orientation meetings will focus on the Master Hunter program application process, requirements for certification and the role of the master hunter.  The meetings are open to the public and no pre-registration is required.  The meetings will be held:

     Feb. 23, from 1 to 4 p.m. in Ballroom A at the Central Washington University Student Union Building in Ellensburg. - March 22, from 1 to 4 p.m. in Room 172 of the Natural resources Building (NRB), 1111 Washington St., Olympia.

    Presentations at both meetings will begin at 1:15 p.m., followed by a question and answer session.The Master Hunter program is a voluntary program sponsored by WDFW.  Formerly known as the Advanced Hunter Education program, the program has been redesigned to promote the highest standard of hunter ethics and help assure continued hunting opportunity in the future. Master hunters participate in controlled hunts to eliminate problem animals that damage property and/or threaten public safety. In addition to providing certification, the program emphasizes safe, lawful and ethical hunting practices.

    The deadline for enrolling in the 2008 Master Hunter program is April 16.  Details on the program and enrollment procedures are available at http://wdfw.wa.gov/hunting/masterhunter .

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  • HuntWashingtonState.com turns 1 year old February 1, 2008. Thank you to the thousands of visitors to this site and all of the great feedback, keep it coming!!!  A number of people have provided comments regarding the information available here and in some cases have helped people get their first deer or bird.  Exactly what this site was built for.
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  • Brant goose numbers in Skagit County are high enough to allow a seven-day hunt later this month, according to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW). Brant hunting in the county will proceed as scheduled Jan. 17, 19, 20, 22, 24, 26, and 27 with a daily bag limit of two geese.  Hunters participating in the brant season must have prior written authorization and a harvest information card from WDFW.  http://wdfw.wa.gov/wlm/game/water/water.htm   (posted 1-10-2008)
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  • Washington Sportsmen's Show (Puyallup) is coming January 23 - 27, 2008 link 
  • Evergreen Sportsmen's Show (Monroe) is coming February 21 - 24, 2008 link 
  • Pacific Northwest Sportsmen's Show (Portland) is coming February 6 - 10, 2008 link 
  • Big Horn Outdoor show (Spokane) is coming March 20 - 23, 2008 link
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  • Spring bear applications are available and due by March 13, 2008 "To apply for a permit, hunters must purchase a special permit application and a 2008 hunting license that includes bear as a species option.  Hunting licenses, bear transport tags and bear permit applications may be purchased online (https://fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov/ ), by phone (866-246-9453) or at any license vendor in the state" (posted 1-3-2008)
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  • Make sure to report your big game hunting activity!!!  whether you harvested an animal or not, you must still report.  You can be fined for not reporting and if you report on time, you can get the chance at drawing one of a number of special permits. WA Licensing @ OutdoorCentral (posted 12-29-2007)
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  • All general seasons are winding down for the year except for archery and waterfowl.  Weather has finally cooperated and has pushed the northerns through, but, some reports state that on the eastside of the state, most ponds have frozen up for the season.  Western Washington may have already had it's migration come through. (posted 12-12-2007)
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  • Check out all of the new items in our Extras file.  Lots of useful information and interesting tidbits. Extras (posted 11-5-2007)
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  • WDFW has reported mixed success on birds and bucks last weekend.  Dry and uneventful weather did not help hunters out in the field last weekend (posted 10-17-07)
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  • Good luck to all of you rifle guys and all you waterfowlers... Oct 13 is opening day! Don't forget to pack a camera and send us your photos!! (posted 10-9-07)
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  • Good luck to all the Muzzle stuffers out there!!! Opening day deer is the 6th of October (posted 10-4-07)
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  • Take the WDFW survey to help steer the next management cycle. 2009-2015 Survey  Make sure you are heard! and comment on issues important to you. (posted 9-15-07)
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  • Opening day for arrow flingers tomorrow!  Good luck to all (posted 8-31-07)
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  • WDFW announced Fall Waterfowl seasons Oct 13-17, 2007 and Oct. 20, 2007-Jan 27, 2008 Go to the WDFW website to get a copy of the waterfowl regs.
  • Fall Bear Season opens tomorrow!!!!  Good luck! (posted 7-31-07)
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  • Special permit application results are out this week and in your mailbox by July 31, 2007.  Here is a link to see if the special draw has selected you.  Special Permits WDFW  Make sure to have your WILD ID number ready to query the on-line tool (posted 7-19-07)
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  • New 2007 legislation has been enacted and signed in to law effective July 22, 2007 which allows first time hunters to waive the need for hunter ed with some caveats.  Here is the full text. HB1249 (posted 6-6-07)
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  • 2007 regs are available!  Here is a link to the WDFW Regulations and Harvest reports
  • Click here to go to the WDFW website to download the regs.
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  • 2006 Harvest reports are now available from the WDFW Status reports Use these reports to see how successful an area or a special permit has been. (posted 4-27-07)
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  • Check out the new Google maps tool for each area.  We will try to build and post new maps as much as we can.  When you click on the map for the area, you will be directed to Google Maps.  Press "satellite" and you should see helpful information.
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  • Here are some important dates to watch out for.  (posted 4-3-07)
  • 2007 Special Permit Application Available                                
                 May 15, 2007                                                  
      2007 Late Fall Turkey Applications Available                             
                 August 1, 2007                                                
      2007 Big Game Hunting Seasons and Rules Available                        
                 May 15, 2007                                                  
      2007 Raffle Tickets Must be Purchased By                                 
                 August 6, 2007                                                
      2007 Migratory Waterfowl and Upland Game Seasons Pamphlets Available     
                 Late August 2007                                              
      2007 Hunting Season Licenses Available                                   
                 December 1, 2007                                              
                                                                               
      Application Related Dates                                                
      2007 Special Permit Application Submission Due                           
                 June 28, 2007                                                 
      2007 Late Fall Turkey Applications Due                                   
                 August 31, 2007                                               
      2007 Band-Tailed Pigeon Application Due                                  
                 August 28, 2007                                               
      2007 Sea Duck Applications Due                                           
                 September 25, 2007                                            
      2007 Snow Goose Application Due                                          
                 September 25, 2007                                            
      2007 Brant Application Due                                               
                 November 8, 2007                                              
           
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  • Spring Bear tags will be awarded by March 31, the season is April 15 through June 15.  You are too late to apply if you haven't done so, already (posted 3-22-07)
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  • Spring regulations are out for Turkey.  Season is April 15 - May 31, 2007 here is a link to the pamphlet. (posted 3-15-07)
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  • Spring Turkey Season is coming up (generally April 15) Watch the WDFW website for their posting.  We will update the News section when this occurs so that you do not miss any crucial special hunt application deadlines. (posted 3-3-07)
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  • WDFW generally posts the year's regulations sometime in the beginning of May.  Watch the WDFW website for their posting.  We will update the News section when this occurs so that you do not miss any crucial special hunt application deadlines. (posted 3-3-07)
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  • 2007 Spring bear apps are due no later than March 13, 2007.  WDFW NEWS RELEASE (posted 3-2-07)

 

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