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Deer General Seasons

Modern Firearm General Deer Seasons

Hunt

Season

2021

Dates

Game Management Units (GMUs)

See Firearm Restriction Areas

Legal

Deer

High Buck Hunts
(See Where to Get Maps for information on U.S. Forest Service maps.)
Sept. 15-25 Alpine Lakes, Mount Baker, Glacier Peak, Pasayten, Olympic Peninsula**, Henry Jackson Wilderness Areas and Lake Chelan Recreation Area 3 pt. min.

General Season

Black-tailed Deer Oct. 16-Oct. 31 407, 418, 426, 437, 448, 450, 454, 460, 466, 501 through 505, 506a, 510 through 520, 524 through 556, 560, 568, 572, 574, 601 through 621, 624 (except Deer Area 6020), 627 through 654, 658 through 699d Any buck
410, 411, 412, 413, 414, 415, 416, 417, 419, 420, 421, 422, 423, 424, 564a*, 655 and Deer Area 6020 Any deer
578d 3 pt. min.
White-tailed Deer Oct. 16-29 101, 105, 108, 111, 113, 117d, 121, 124 Any buck
Oct. 16-26 203 through 284 Any buck
127 through 145, 149d, 154, 162 through 186 3 pt. min.
373d, 379d, 381 Any deer
Mule Deer Oct. 16-26 101 through 145, 149d, 154, 162 through 186, 203 through 272, 278d, 284, 328, 330 through 368, 372*, 373d, 379d, 381, 382* (except closed in Deer Area 5382), 388 3 pt. min.

Late General Season

Black-tailed Deer Nov. 18-21 407, 454, 466, 501 through 505, 506a, 510 through 520, 524, 530ad, 550 through 560, 568, 572, 601 through 621, 624 (except Deer Area 6020), 627 through 654, 658 through 684, 699d Any buck
410 through 417, 419 through 422, 423, 424, 564a*, 655, Deer Area 6020 Any deer
White-tailed Deer Nov. 6-19 105, 108, 111, 113, 117d, 121, 124 Any buck

Hunters 65 And Over and Disabled General Seasons

White-tailed Deer Oct. 23-26 145, 149d, 154, Deer Area 1010, and 178 3 pt. min. or antlerless

youth General Seasons

White-tailed Deer Oct. 23-29 124 Any deer
Oct. 23-26 127 through 142 3 pt. min. or antlerless
Oct. 16-26 145, 149, 154, Deer Area 1010, and 178 3 pt. min. or antlerless

License Required:

A valid big game hunting license, which includes deer as a species option.

Tag Required:

Valid modern firearm deer or multi-season tag.

Hunting Method:

Bag Limit:

One (1) deer per hunter during the license year except where otherwise permitted by department rule, even if permits are drawn for more than one deer hunt category.

Hunter Orange and/or Hunter Pink:

Is required for anyone hunting in an area open to modern firearm general deer or elk seasons. See Mandatory Hunter Reporting.

Firearm Restrictions & Hunting Closures:

The GMU you hunt in may be affected by a firearm restriction or a hunting closure. See Firearm Restriction Areas for a full list of Commission-designated firearm restrictions by county. See Hunting Access & Closures for a list of restricted or hunting closure areas. Other firearm restriction or hunting closure areas are established by local ordinance. Consult your local sheriff or city for other restriction areas.

Season Overlap:

Early archery deer and early muzzleloader deer hunters hunt in common with modern firearm hunters in the high buck season in Wilderness Areas and Lake Chelan Recreation Area. Early and late modern deer overlaps antlerless second deer permit hunts (which allow any legal weapon type) in GMUs: 411–415, 420, 422.

Night Hunting and Hound Hunting During Deer and Elk Hunting Seasons

Hunting at night:

  • It is unlawful to hunt bobcat and raccoon at night during modern firearm deer or elk general seasons that occur in October and November in eastern and western Washington. A small game license is required to harvest a bobcat.
  • Hunting big game with the aid of an artificial light, spotlight, or night vision equipment is prohibited. Night vision equipment includes electronic light amplification devices, thermal imaging devices, and other comparable equipment used to enhance night vision. Coyote may be hunted at night with lights year round, EXCEPT it is unlawful to hunt coyote at night during modern firearm deer or elk general seasons that occur in October and November in eastern and western Washington.

Hound hunting:

  • Dogs may be used to hunt raccoon, EXCEPT it is unlawful to hunt raccoons with dogs during modern firearm deer or elk general seasons that occur in October and November in eastern and western Washington.

Permit Only Units:

The following GMUs require a special permit to hunt deer: 290 Desert, 329 Quilomene, 371 Alkali, and 485 Green River.

GMUs Closed to Deer Hunting:

157 Mill Creek Watershed, 490 Cedar River, and 522 Loo-wit

Archery General Deer Seasons

Hunt Season

2021 Dates

Game Management Units (GMUs) See Firearm Restriction Areas

Legal Deer

Early Archery General Deer Seasons

Black-tailed Deer Sept. 1-24 407, 410, 411h, 412h, 413h, 414h, 415h, 416, 417, 418, 419, 420h, 421, 422h, 426, 437, 448, 450, 454, 466, 501, 504, 505, 554, 564a*, 568, 621 through 636, 648 through 652, 654 through 673, 684d Any deer
460, 503, 574, 601 through 618, 638, 642, 653, 681 and 699d Any buck
578d 3 pt. min.
Sept. 1-19 510, 513, 516, 520, 524, 530ad, 556 Any deer
506a, 550, 560, 572 Any buck
White-tailed Deer Sept. 1-24 101 through 124 Any buck
204 through 250, 254 through 284d, 373d, 379d, 381 Any deer
145, 149d, 172, 181, 186 3 pt. min. or antlerless
127 through 142, 166, 169, 175 3 pt. min.
Sept. 1-19 154, 162, 163, 178 3 pt. min. or antlerless
Mule Deer Sept. 1-24 101 through 136, 166 through 175, 181, 243, 334, 382 (except closed in Deer Area 5382*), 388 3 pt. min.
139, 142, 145, 149d, 186, 244 through 247, 249, 250, 260, 284, 372*, 373d, 379d, 381, Deer Area 3334 3 pt. min. or antlerless
Sept. 1-19 163, 178 3 pt. min. or antlerless
154, 162, 251, 328, 335, 336, 340, 346, 352, 356, 360, 364, 368 3 pt. min.
Sept. 1-15 204 through 242, 248, 254, 262, 266, 269, 272, 278d 3 pt. min.
Sept. 16-24 204 through 242, 248, 254, 262, 266, 269, 272, 278d 3 pt. min. or antlerless

Late Archery General Deer Seasons

Black-tailed Deer Nov. 24-Dec. 15 437, 466, 510 through 520, 524 Any deer
448, 460, 506a, 530ad, 560, 572, 601, 603 through 618, 638, 642, 681, 699d Any buck
Nov. 24-Dec. 31 407, 410, 411h, 412h, 413h, 414h, 415h, 416, 417, 419, 420h, 421, 422h, 423, 424, 454, 505, 564a*, 624, 627, 636, 648, 652, 654, 655, 660 through 672 Any deer
White-tailed Deer Nov. 10-Dec. 15 101 Any buck
Nov. 25-Dec. 15 105, 108, 117d, 121, 124 Any buck
127 3 pt. min.
Nov. 20-Dec. 8 145, 163, 178, 272, 278d 3 pt. min. or antlerless
Nov. 20-Dec. 8 373d Any deer
Nov. 24-Dec. 15 204, 209, 215, 233, 243 Any deer
Mule Deer Nov. 24-30 209, 215, 233, 243, 250 3 pt. min.
Nov. 24-Dec. 8 336, 342, 346, 352, 364, 388, Deer Area 3682 3 pt. min.
Nov. 20-Dec. 8 145, 163, 178, 272, 278d, 373d, Deer Area 3372 3 pt. min. or antlerless

License Required:

A valid big game hunting license which includes deer as a species option.

Tag Required:

Valid archery deer or multi-season tag.

Hunting Method:

Bag Limit:

One (1) deer per hunter during the license year except where otherwise permitted by department rule, even if permits are drawn for more than one deer hunt category.

Season Overlap:

Early archery deer overlaps modern firearm high buck hunt. Early and late archery deer may overlap damage control hunts for elk in Elk Areas 3911 and 3912 in portions of GMUs: 328, 329, 334, 335, 336, 340, 342, 368 Early archery deer overlaps modern firearm elk hunts in GMU 251 and Elk Area 2032. Late archery deer overlaps late muzzleloader deer in GMUs: 407, 410-417, 419-422, 448, 454, 460, 564, 654, 666, 667 Late muzzleloader elk seasons overlap late archery deer seasons in GMUs: 454, 505, 564, 618, 666, 667

Hunter Orange and/or Hunter Pink:

Is required for anyone hunting in an area open to modern firearm general deer or elk seasons. See Mandatory Hunter Reporting. Note: Grouse, bear, mountain goat, and bighorn sheep seasons may be open concurrent with archery seasons.

Muzzleloader General Deer Seasons

Hunt Season

2021 Dates

Game Management Units (GMUs)

See Firearm Restriction Areas

Legal Deer

High Buck Hunts (See Where to Get Maps for information on U.S. Forest Service maps.) Sept. 15-25 Alpine Lakes, Glacier Peak, Pasayten, Mount Baker, Olympic Peninsula**, Henry Jackson Wilderness areas, and Lake Chelan Recreation Area 3 pt. min.

Early Muzzleloader General Deer Seasons

Black-tailed Deer Sept. 25-Oct. 3 407, 418, 426, 437, 448, 450, 501, 503, 504, 505, 506a, 510, 513, 516, 520, 530ad, 550, 554, 560, 568, 572, 574, 603, 607, 612, 615, 624 (except Deer Area 6020), 621, 633 through 651, 660, 663, 672, 673 Any buck
410, 411h, 412h, 413h, 414h, 415h, 416, 417, 419, 420h, 421, 422h, 423, 424, 454, 564a*, 627, 652, 655, 666, 684d, Deer Area 6020 Any deer
578d 3 pt. min.
White-tailed Deer Sept. 25-Oct. 3 101 through 124, 203, 204, 209, 215, 231, 233, 239, 242 through 246, 247, 248, 250, 251, 254, 260, 262, 266, 269, 272, 278d, 284 Any buck
145, 149d 3 pt. min. or antlerless
127, 130, 133, 136, 139, 142, 175, 181, 186 3 pt. min.
373d, 379d Any deer
Mule Deer Sept. 25-Oct. 3 101 through 145, 149d, 175, 181, 186, 203, 204, 209, 215, 231, 233, 239, 242 through 246, 248, 250, 251, 254, 260, 262, 266, 269, 272, 278d, 284, 328, 330 through 342, 352 through 368, 373d, 379d 3 pt. min.
Deer Areas 3334 and 3372 3 pt. min. or antlerless

Late Muzzleloader General Deer Seasons

Black-tailed Deer Nov. 24-Dec. 15 407, 410, 411h, 412h, 413h, 414h, 415h, 416, 417, 419, 420h, 421 422h, 423, 424, 454, 504, 564a*, 633, 654, 666, 667, and 684d Any deer
448, 460, 501, 602, 621, 651, 658, 673 Any buck
White-tailed Deer Nov. 24-Dec. 8 113 Any buck
Nov. 25-Dec. 8 130, 133, 136, 139, 142 3 pt. min.
Nov. 20-Dec. 8 172, 181 3 pt. min.
Nov. 25-Dec. 8 379d, 381 Any deer
Mule Deer Nov. 25-Dec. 8 379d, 381 3 pt. min.
Nov. 20-30 382* (except closed in Deer Area 5382) 3 pt. min.

License Required:

A valid big game hunting license which includes deer as a species option.

Tag Required:

Valid muzzleloader deer or multi-season tag.

Hunting Method:

Bag Limit:

One deer per hunter during the hunting season, except for holders of second deer special permits and tags.

Season Overlap:

Muzzleloader high buck hunt overlaps the modern firearm high buck hunt. Early muzzleloader deer may overlap damage control hunts for elk in Elk Areas 3911 and 3912 in portions of GMUs: 328, 329, 334, 335, 336, 340, 342, 368 Late muzzleloader deer overlaps late archery deer in GMUs: 407, 410-417, 419-422, 448, 454, 460, 564, 654, 666, 667. Early and late muzzleloader deer overlaps antlerless second deer permit hunts (which allow any legal weapon type) in GMUs: 411–415, 420, 422.

Hunter Orange and/or Hunter Pink:

Is required for anyone hunting in an area open to modern firearm general deer or elk seasons. See page 10.

Firearm Restrictions & Hunting Closures:

The GMU you hunt in may be affected by a firearm restriction or a hunting closure. See Firearm Restriction Areas for a full list of Commission-designated firearm restrictions by county. See Firearm Restriction Areas for a list of restricted or hunting closure areas. Other firearm restriction or hunting closure areas are established by local ordinance. Consult your local sheriff or city for other restriction areas.

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