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Resident Game Bird Seasons

Washington Bird Hunting

2020-2021 Upland Game Bird Seasons

Species

Area

Season Dates

Daily Bag Limit

Possession Limit

Forest Grouse
(Blue*, Ruffed, and Spruce)*Includes Sooty & Dusky
Statewide Sept. 1 – Dec. 31 4 of any species, to include not more than 3 of each species 12 of any species, to include not more than 9 of any one species
Sage and Sharp-tailed Grouse, Ptarmigan Closed Statewide
Pheasant

*At the Samish release site pheasants will only be released during the youth and senior seasons. Please see the WDFW website (https://wdfw.wa.gov/hunting/locations/upland-bird) for alternative sites.

Western Washington Sept. 19 & 20 (Youth Only) 2 either sex 4 either sex
Sept. 21-25 (Hunters 65 Years or Older, Hunters with Disabilities) 2 either sex 10 either sex
Western Washington
Regular Season
8:00 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Sept. 26 – Nov. 30
2 either sex 15 either sex
Western Washington
Extended Season
(no pheasants released)
8:00 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 1-15

ONLY at Belfair, Fort Lewis, Kosmos, Lincoln Creek, Scatter Creek, Skookumchuck, & Whidbey Island (except Bayview) release sites

2 either sex 15 either sex
Eastern Washington Sept. 19 & 20 (Youth Only) 3 cocks only 6 cocks only
Sept. 21-25 (Hunters 65 Years or Older, Hunters with Disabilities) 3 cocks only 15 cocks only
Eastern Washington
Regular Season
Oct. 24 – Jan. 18 3 cocks only 15 cocks only
California (Valley) Quail and
Northern Bobwhite
Western Washington Sept. 26 – Nov. 30 10 mixed bag 30 mixed bag
Eastern Washington Sept. 26 & 27 (Youth Only) 10 mixed bag 20 mixed bag
Eastern Washington
Regular Season
Oct. 3 – Jan. 18 10 mixed bag 30 mixed bag
Quail (Mountain) Western Washington Sept. 26 – Nov. 30 2 4
Eastern Washington Closed throughout Eastern Washington
Partridge
(Chukar & Gray)
Eastern Washington Sept. 26 & 27 (Youth Only) 6 chukar & 6 gray 12 chukar & 12 gray
Oct. 3 – Jan. 18 6 chukar & 6 gray 18 chukar & 18 gray
Crow Statewide Sept. 1 – Dec. 31 No limit No limit

Bird Dog Training Season

Aug. 1, 2020 – Mar. 31, 2021 — A small game license is required to train dogs on wild game birds. A western Washington Pheasant license is required to train dogs on pheasants in western Washington.

Exceptions: Dog training may be conducted year-round on designated portions of:

Region One

Espanola (T 24 N, R 40 E, E 1/2 of Sec. 16)

Region Three

Wenas Wildlife Area

Region Four

Skagit Wildlife Area

Lake Terrell Wildlife Area

Snoqualmie Wildlife Area

Region Five

Shillapoo/Vancouver Lake Wildlife Area

Region Six

Scatter Creek Wildlife Area

Fort Lewis Military Base

Training dogs on western Washington pheasant release sites is only open from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Only youth and seniors may train dogs during their respective seasons on designated western Washington pheasant release sites. Wild upland game birds may be pursued during the dog training season but may not be killed except during established hunting seasons. Captive raised game birds may be released and killed during dog training if the hunter has proof of lawful acquisition (invoices) and the birds are appropriately marked (WAC 220-450-010 and 220-416-110).