License Fees & Information
Washington Bird Hunting
License Fees & Information
|License requirements and fees are set by the Washington State Legislature. Licenses are based on an April 1-March 31 license year. Prices include all applicable fees and are subject to change. There are no senior citizen discounts on hunting licenses, tags, or permits. Hunters who are 16 years of age and possess a current youth hunting license may participate in youth hunting seasons, except for the youth waterfowl/coot season. Reduced prices for licenses, tags, and permits are for qualified disabled applicants.* |
A small game license allows the holder to hunt for wild animals and wild birds, except big game and western Washington pheasant (see the Big Game Hunting Seasons & Regulations pamphlet for big game hunting license information). A small game license includes a prorated surcharge for Eastern Washington pheasant enhancement.
To hunt the Oregon portion of the Columbia River, including that portion of the Lewis and Clark National Wildlife Refuge and other islands in Oregon in the Columbia River, hunters must possess a valid Oregon resident or Oregon non-resident hunting license.
Youth Under 16
Resident Reduced Fee1
Non-Resident Disabled Veterans*
|Get Outdoors (includes: Annual Fish Washington License, 2 pole and Puget Sound Crab endorsements, Deer + Elk + Bear + Cougar License w/ discounted Small game license, deer, elk, bear, cougar tags + 2 turkey tags, migratory bird permit and migratory bird hunt authorization)||$236.18||–||–||–||–||–|
|Small Game Discount 2||$22.00||$96.80||$22.00||$8.80||$8.80||$22.00|
|Western WA Pheasant||$84.50||$167.00||$84.50||$40.50||$40.50||$84.50|
|Western WA Pheasant-3 Day||$40.50||$79.00||$40.50||—-||$40.50||$40.50|
|3-Day Small Game||—-||$68.00||—-||—-||—-||—-|
|Migratory Bird Permit3||$17.00||$17.00||$17.00||FREE||$17.00||$17.00|
|Migratory Bird Authorization4||$13.20||$13.20||$13.20||$3.30||$13.20||$13.20|
|Turkey Tag #1||$15.90||$44.50||$15.90||FREE||$15.90||$44.50|
|Additional Turkey Tags||$15.90||$66.50||$15.90||$11.50||$15.90||$66.50|
|Special Hunt Permit Applications-Turkey||$7.10||$110.50||$7.10||$3.80||$7.10||$110.50|
|Annual: $35 with transaction and dealer fees if purchased at a WDFW dealer, by phone or online; or $30 if purchased at a WA State Park or through WA Dept. of Licensing.|
|One-day: $11.50 with transaction and dealer fees if purchased at a WDFW dealer, by phone or online; or $10 if purchased at a WA State Park or through WA Dept. of Licensing.|
|1 You may qualify for reduced fees if: you are a veteran with at least 30% service connected disability; a veteran 65 years of age or older with a service connected disability; resident who permanently uses a wheelchair; resident who is blind or visually impaired; or resident with a developmental disability as defined in RCW 77.32.480. To request an application contact the WDFW Licensing Division at (360) 902-2464 or (360) 902-2349. Hearing Impaired TDD: (360) 902-2207. |
2 To receive the discounted rate for small game, the small game licenses must be purchased at the same time as a big game license package is purchased.
3 All hunters of migratory game birds (ducks, geese, doves, coots, and snipe) are required to complete a Harvest Information Program (HIP) survey at a license dealer and possess a state migratory bird permit as evidence of compliance with this requirement when hunting migratory game birds. All duck and goose hunters 16 and over must possess a federal migratory bird stamp signed in ink across the front. Federal stamps can be purchased at some license dealers, all post offices, and all National Wildlife Refuges, by calling 1-800-STAMP24, or ordered online at fws.gov/duckstamps. Washington Migratory Bird Stamps (Duck Stamps) are available for free by sending proof of Migratory Bird Permit purchase and self-addressed stamped envelope to the Washington Waterfowl Association (WWA) by March 31, 2020. To obtain a State Duck Stamp from WWA see: waduck.org/WWA_Duck_Stamps.htm
4 Authorizations and harvest record cards are required for some species/areas. Authorizations and harvest record cards are available at WDFW license dealers or online at fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov. Hunters must select each of the required harvest record cards for species they intend to hunt. A test, with a passing score, is required before selecting the SW Canada Goose harvest record card (see Goose Management Area 2 for more information).
Hunting with an Authorization Number
Under the automated licensing system (WILD system), licenses may be purchased over the telephone at 1-866-246-9453 or online at: fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov. At the end of a telephone or Internet sale, an authorization number will be issued. That authorization number may be used as your license if you are hunting for species not requiring a transport tag or special Migratory Bird Authorization Harvest Card.
Big Game Licenses
Forest grouse and unclassified wildlife are the only species that may be hunted with a big game authorization number until your appropriate tags and license have arrived.
Small Game Licenses
Most animals hunted with a small game license, including unclassified wildlife, may be hunted with a small game authorization number until the valid license and tags have been received in the mail. The exceptions are turkeys, which require a transport tag, and migratory birds that require a Migratory Bird Authorization and Harvest Record Card.
Migratory Bird Permit
Most migratory game birds may be hunted with a small game authorization number that includes a migratory bird permit until the valid license is received in the mail. The exceptions are migratory birds that require a Migratory Bird Authorization and Harvest Record Card.
Migratory Bird Hunting
|Duck||Duck (except Sea Duck in Western Washington): Federal migratory bird stamp (not required for youth under 16), small game license and state migratory bird permit.|
|Sea Duck – Western Washington (includes scoters, long-tailed duck, harlequin, goldeneyes): Federal migratory bird stamp (not required for youth under 16), small game license, state migratory bird permit and migratory bird authorization with sea duck harvest record card.|
|Goose||Canada Goose – September: Federal migratory bird stamp (not required for youth under 16), small game license and state migratory bird permit.|
|All Geese (except Brant) – October-January (except Goose Management Area 2 and Snow, Ross’, or Blue goose in Goose Management Area 1): Federal migratory bird stamp (not required for youth under 16), small game license and state migratory bird permit.|
|All Geese (except Brant) – October-March – Goose Management Area 2 – Coast & Inland: Federal migratory bird stamp (not required for youth under 16), small game license, state migratory bird permit and special migratory bird authorization with SW Canada Goose harvest record card (see Goose Management Area 2 for requirements).|
|Snow, Ross’, or Blue Goose – Goose Management Area 1: Federal migratory bird stamp (not required for youth under 16), small game license, state migratory bird permit and special migratory bird authorization with Goose Management Area 1 snow goose harvest record card.|
|Brant: Federal migratory bird stamp (not required for youth under 16), small game license, state migratory bird permit and migratory bird authorization with brant harvest record card.|
|Band-tailed Pigeon||Small game license, state migratory bird permit, and migratory bird authorization with band-tailed pigeon harvest record card.|
|Mourning Dove, Coot, Snipe||Small game license and state migratory bird permit.|
Upland Game Hunting
|Upland Bird||Pheasant – Western Washington: Western Washington pheasant license (no small game license required). Hunters must choose either odd-numbered or even-numbered weekend days from 8:00 a.m. until 10:00 a.m. at all units of Lake Terrell, Tennant Lake, Snoqualmie, Skagit, Skookumchuck, and Scatter Creek Wildlife Areas, and all hunting sites on Whidbey Island. Hunters with a 3-day pheasant license, hunters possessing a valid disabled hunter permit, hunters 65 years of age or older, and youth hunters (under 16) may hunt during either weekend day morning. Youth hunters on these areas during weekend day morning hunts must be accompanied by an adult at least 18 years old (if hunting, adults must have an appropriately marked pheasant permit). All hunters may hunt these areas between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., regardless of their choice.|
|Pheasant, Chukar, and Gray Partridge – Eastern Washington: Small game license.|
|California (Valley) Quail, Mountain Quail, Northern Bobwhite: Small game license.|
|Forest Grouse||Small game license or big game license.|
|Turkey||Small game license and turkey transport tag.|
|Cottontail, Snowshoe Hare||Small game license.|
|Falconry||Small game and falconry licenses, other permits and licenses for species listed above (see https://wdfw.wa.gov/hunting/requirements/falconry)|
|Bird Dog Training||Small game license required for training dogs on all classified wild birds (WAC 220-400-030); except only a Western Washington pheasant license is required for Western Washington pheasants.|
|Predatory Birds (e.g. crow, Eurasian collared dove), Unclassified Wildlife (e.g. coyote): Small game license or big game license, except not required under certain conditions (see WAC 220-416-040).|
|Bobcat, Fox, Raccoon: Small game license.|