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Elk General Seasons

Modern Firearm General Elk Seasons

Hunt Season

2021 Dates

Game Management Units (GMUs) See Firearm Restriction Areas

Legal Elk

Eastern Washington

Modern Firearm Aug. 1-Jan. 20, 2022 Master Hunters Only: Elk Areas 3911 and 3912. Must wear hunter orange and/or hunter pink. Antlerless only
Sept. 11-26 Elk Area 3722* Antlerless only
Oct. 30-Nov. 7 101, 105, 108, 111, 113, 117d, 121, 204 Any bull
145, 149d, 154,162 through 186, 249, 336 through 368 Spike bull
251, 328, 329, 334, 335 True spike bull
124 through 142, 372*, 382, 388 Any elk
Oct. 30-Nov. 15 203, 209 through 248, 250, 254 through 272, 278d, 284, 290, 373d, 379d, 381 Any elk
Aug. 1-31 Master Hunters Only: 371. Must wear hunter orange and/or hunter pink. Antlerless only
Dec. 9 - 31 Master Hunters Only: 127, 130 Antlerless only

Western Washington

Modern Firearm Nov. 6-17 407, 564a, 666 Any elk
454 Any bull
460, 466, 448, 503, 505, 506a, 510 through 520, 524, except closed in Elk Area 5066, 530ad, 550, 560, 568, 572, 574, 578d, 601 through 618, 624 (except for Elk Area 6071), 627, 633, 638 (except Master Hunters Only in Elk Area 6064 portion of GMU 638), 642 through 651, 652 (except for Elk Area 6014), 654, 658, 660, 667 through 681, 684d. 3 pt. min.
501, 504, 663, Elk Areas 4601*** and 6014 3 pt. min. or antlerless

License Required:

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

Elk Tag:

You must choose either an eastern or western Washington modern firearm elk tag. Multi-season tags can also be used. Elk tag areas are shown on the map on Elk General Information.

Hunting Method:

Bag Limit:

One elk per hunter during the hunting season, except for successful Master Hunter special permit applicants and where otherwise permitted by department rule. No more than 2 elk may be harvested per license year.

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 & Closuresfor 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.

Hunter Orange and/or Hunter Pink:

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

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.

Archery General Elk Seasons

Elk Tag Area

2021

Dates

Game Management Units (GMUs)

See Firearm Restriction Areas

Legal Elk

Early Archery General Elk Seasons

Eastern Archery Aug. 1-31 Master Hunters Only: 371. Must wear hunter orange and/or hunter pink. Antlerless only
Sept. 11-23 101 through 142, 117d, 204, 243, 247, 249, 250, 272, 278, 284, 290, 373d, 379d, 381, 382 (except Deer Area 5382***), 388 Any elk
145, 149d, 154, 163, 178, 181, 334, 335, 371 Spike bull or antlerless
162, 166, 169, 172, 175, 186, 251, 328, 329, 336, 340, 352, 356, 364 Spike bull
Western Archery Sept. 11-23 407, 454, 564a, 666, 684, Elk Area 6014 Any elk
448, 460, 466, 506a, 510, 513, 516, 524, (Except closed in Elk Area 5066), 530ad, 601 through 618, 624 (except for Elk Area 6071), 627, 633, 638 (except Master Hunters only in Elk Area 6064), 642 through 651, 658 3 pt. min.
Elk Area 4601***, 501 through 505, 520, 550, 554, 560, 568, 572, 574, 578, Elk Area 6061,652 (Except Elk Area 6013 closed to antlerless), 654, 660, 663, 667 through 673, 681, and 699d 3 pt. min. or antlerless

Late Archery General Elk Seasons

Eastern Archery

Aug. 1-Jan. 20, 2022 Master Hunters Only: Elk Areas 3911 and 3912. Must wear hunter orange and/or hunter pink. Antlerless only
Oct. 30-Nov. 15 203, 209 through 248, 250, 254 through 272, 278, 284, 290, 379, 381 Must wear hunter orange and/or hunter pink. Any elk
Nov. 20-Dec. 8 178 Antlerless only
Nov. 25-Dec. 8 101, 105, 108, 117, 121, 204 Any bull
124, 127, 373d, 382***, 388 Any elk
Nov. 24-Dec. 8 334, 335 Spike bull or antlerless
249, 251, 336, 342, 346, 352, 364, Elk Area 3681 Spike Bull
Dec. 9-31 Master Hunters Only: 127, 130 Antlerless only
Dec. 9-Jan. 30, 2022 163 Antlerless only
Western Archery Nov. 24-Dec. 15 Elk Area 4601***, 503, 505, 506a, 530ad, 652 (except Elk Area 6013 closed to antlerless), 663, 667, 672, 681, and 699d. Master hunters only in Elk Area 6064 portion of GMU 638. 3 pt. min. or antlerless
454, 564a, 666, Elk Area 6014 Any elk
448, 603, 612, 615, 638 (except for Elk Area 6064), 648 3 pt. min.
Nov. 25-Dec. 15 407 Any elk

License Required:

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

Elk Tag:

You must choose either an eastern or western Washington archery elk tag. Multi-season tags can also be used. Elk tag areas are shown on the map on Elk General Information.

Hunting Method:

  • Archery only. Archery tag holders can only hunt during archery elk seasons and must hunt with archery equipment. Hunting equipment must meet archery regulations on Equipment & Hunting Methods. Mechanical broadheads are legal to use for hunting.
  • Baiting Regulations for deer and elk have been adopted (see Baiting for Purposes of Hunting Deer or Elk).

Bag Limit:

One elk per hunter during the hunting season, except for successful Master Hunter special permit applicants and where otherwise permitted by department rule. No more than 2 elk may be harvested per license year.

Hunter Orange and/or Hunter Pink:

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

Season Overlaps:

Early archery elk season overlaps the modern firearm damage control Elk Area 3911 Fairview hunt in portions of GMUs: 328, 329, 334, 335

Late archery elk season overlaps late muzzleloader elk in GMUs: 203, 209–248, 250, 254–290, 278, 379, 381, 448, 454, 564, 666, 667, 503, 505, 652

Late archery elk season overlaps modern firearm elk in GMUs: 203, 209–248, 250, 254–290, 278, 379, 381

Note: Grouse, bear, goat, and sheep seasons may be open concurrent with archery seasons.

Muzzleloader General Elk Seasons

Elk Tag Area

2021 Dates

Game Management Units (GMUs) See Firearm Restriction Areas

Legal Elk

Early Muzzleloader General Elk Seasons

Eastern Muzzleloader Aug. 1-31 Master Hunters Only: 371. Must wear hunter orange and/or hunter pink. Antlerless only
Oct. 2-8 101 through 121, 117d, 204, 247 Any bull
124 through 142, 245, 250, 272, 278, 284, 290, 379d Any elk
145, 149, 154, 162, 163, 166, 172, 175, 178, 181, 336 through 342, 352 through 368 Spike bull
249, 251, 328, 329, 334, 335, Elk Area 2051 True spike bull
Western Muzzleloader Oct. 2-8 407, 454, 564a, 666, 684d Any elk
448, 460, 466, 506a, 510, 513, 516, 520, 524, (Except closed in Elk Area 5066), 530ad, 550, 554, 560, 568, 572, 574, 578d, 602, 603, 607, 612, 615, 624 (except for Elk Area 6071), 627, 633, 638 (except for Elk Area 6064), 642, 648, 660, 672, 673, 681 3 pt. min.
501, 503, 504, 505, 652 (except Elk Area 6013 closed to antlerless), Elk Area 6014, 654, 663, 667, Elk Area 4601 3 pt. min. or antlerless

Late Muzzleloader General Elk Seasons

Eastern Muzzleloader Aug. 1-Jan. 20, 2022 Master Hunters Only: Elk Areas 3911 and 3912. Must wear hunter orange and/or hunter pink. Antlerless only
Oct. 30-Nov. 15 203, 209 through 248, 250, 254 through 272, 278, 284, 290, 373d, 379d, 381. Must wear hunter orange and/or hunter pink. Any elk
Nov. 25-Dec. 8 130 through 142*** Any elk
Dec. 9-31 Master Hunters Only: 127, 130. Must wear hunter orange and/or hunter pink. Antlerless only
Western Muzzleloader Dec. 16-31 407 Any elk
Nov. 24-Dec. 8 Elk Area 4601***, 501, 503, 504, 505, 652 (except Elk Area 6013 closed to antlerless), 667 3 pt. min. or antlerless
Nov. 24-Dec.15 454, 564a, 666, 684d, Elk Area 6014 Any elk
Nov. 24-30 568, 574, 578 3 pt. min.
Nov. 24-Dec.15 448, 601, 618, 651, 658 3 pt. min.

License Required:

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

Elk Tag:

You must choose either an eastern or western Washington muzzleloader elk tag. Multi-season tags can also be used. Elk tag areas are shown on the map on Elk General Information.

Hunting Method:

Bag Limit:

One elk per hunter during the hunting season, except for successful Master Hunter special permit applicants and where otherwise permitted by department rule. No more than 2 elk may be harvested per license year.

Season Overlap:

Late muzzleloader elk seasons overlap late archery deer seasons in GMUs: 454, 505, 564, 618, 666, 667

Late muzzleloader elk seasons overlap late archery elk seasons in GMUs: 203, 209–248, 250, 254–290, 278, 379, 381, 448, 454, 564, 666, 667, 503, 505, 652

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.

Hunter Orange and/or Hunter Pink:

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

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