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Game Bird Hunting

Welcome to 2021-22 Washington Game Bird Hunting

Thank you for your interest in hunting small game and waterfowl hunting here in beautiful Washington state.

We’re excited about turkey season this year – especially for those who love to hunt in both the spring and fall seasons. In parts of Washington, the spring season opens April 15, while the fall turkey season runs from September through December and provides ample opportunity to fill any unused tags while spending more time afield.

Merriam’s, Rio Grande, and Eastern turkeys are found across Washington. Abundant populations in parts of the state, particularly the northeast, make Washington a world-class turkey hunting destination.

In Washington, waterfowl hunters benefit from a wide range of wetland habitats that create a variety of waterfowl hunting experiences and opportunities. Some opportunities include scaup, goose, and other migratory birds like mourning dove.

With two weekend opportunities for youth-only upland bird hunts and a veteran and youth hunt, now is a great time to teach your friends and family how to hunt. Youth hunters can pursue pheasants or quail, chukar, and gray partridge on Sept. 18-19. The youth, veterans, and active military special one-day waterfowl hunt is scheduled statewide on Feb. 5.

As we move farther into 2021, we are optimistic about beginning in-person events and mentored hunts. We hope to host mentored pheasant hunts statewide for any age group. These events are an excellent opportunity to introduce our youth to the tradition and teach them the ethics of responsible hunting.

As you may know, we conducted hunter education classes virtually for most of 2020 and into 2021. It’s our hope that we will be able to resume in-person classes and skill tests this fall. Hunters are required to take hunter education prior to their season and fall seats fill fast.

Enjoy the upcoming seasons, and we wish you abundance in your harvest!