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Falconry

Washington Bird Hunting

If a raptor captures any species of wildlife (quarry) in a closed season, the falconer must release the quarry if it is not seriously injured. If the quarry is seriously injured or killed, the quarry must be left at the site, but the raptor may feed on the kill.If the accidentally killed wildlife is a Washington State Candidate species (including jackrabbit), the falconer must immediately record on a WDFW form or facsimile: the falconer’s name, falconry permit number, date, species and sex (if known) of the quarry, and the location of the kill (as accurately as possible).

Total accidental take of Candidate species cannot exceed 5/season; falconers must cease hunting for the day if a candidate species is taken.

A list of candidate species can be found at: wdfw.wa.gov/species-habitats/at-risk/listed

All reports of accidental take must be submitted to the WDFW falconry permit coordinator by April 1 each year.

Released quarry are not considered “take.” Federal and state laws to not permit the take of endangered, threatened, sensitive or other protected species.

2020-2021 Falconry Seasons

Species

Area

Season Dates (inclusive)

Daily Bag Limit

Possession Limit

Turkey Eastern Washington Sept. 1 – Feb. 15 (falconry) 1 turkey, either sex, per turkey tag with a maximum of 2 turkeys per season 2 (tag required for each turkey)
Upland Game Birds & Forest Grouse Statewide Aug. 1 – Mar. 15 (falconry) 2 pheasants (either sex), 6 partridge,
5 California (valley) quail or bobwhite,
2 mountain quail (W. WA only), &
3 forest grouse
Twice the daily bag
Cottontail and
Snowshoe hare
Statewide Aug. 1 – Mar. 15 (falconry) 5 cottontail or snowshoe hares, straight or mixed bag 15 mixed bag
Jackrabbit, pygmy rabbit, sage grouse, sharp-tailed grouse, ptarmigan – Closed statewide
Mourning Dove Statewide Sept. 1 – Dec. 16 (falconry) 3 mourning doves, straight or mixed bag with snipe, coots, ducks, and geese during established seasons Three times the daily bag
Ducks, Coots, Snipe and Geese (except Brant) Statewide Same season dates for each species in each area listed previously (falconry) 3, straight or mixed bag including duck, coots, snipe, geese and mourning doves during established seasons Three times the daily bag
Ducks, Coots & Geese (extended falconry) Western Washington Sept. 26 3, straight or mixed bag including duck, coots, Canada and White-fronted Geese Same as the daily bag
Eastern Washington Oct. 3 3, straight or mixed bag including duck, coots, Canada and White-fronted Geese Same as the daily bag
Statewide Feb. 6 3, straight or mixed bag including duck, coots and all geese Same as the daily bag