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Firearm Restriction Areas

Firearm Restriction Areas

It is unlawful to hunt wildlife in the following firearm restriction areas with centerfire or rimfire rifles, or to fail to comply with additional firearm restrictions, except as established below.

In firearm restriction areas, hunters may hunt only during the season allowed by their tag.

  • Archery tag holders may only hunt during archery seasons with archery equipment.
  • Muzzleloader tag holders may only hunt during muzzleloader seasons with muzzleloader or archery equipment as defined by department rule.
  • Modern firearm tag holders may hunt during established modern firearm seasons with bows and arrows; crossbows; muzzleloaders; revolver-type handguns; semi-automatic handguns of .40 (10mm) caliber or larger; or shotguns, so long as the equipment and ammunition complies with department rules.

Firearm Restriction Areas by County:

NOTE - Other firearm restriction areas are established by local ordinance. Consult your local sheriff or city for other firearm restriction areas.


That portion of GMU 251 (Mission) beginning at the intersection of the Duncan Rd and Hwy 2; S on Duncan Rd to Mountain Home Rd; S along Mountain Home Rd to the Icicle Irrigation Ditch; S and W along the Icicle Irrigation Ditch to the Snow Lake Trail; W and N along the Snow Lake Trail and across the Icicle River to Icicle River Rd; E and N along Icicle River Rd to the Wenatchee River; NW along the Wenatchee River to Hwy 2; N and E on Highway 2 to Duncan Rd and the point of beginning.


The portion of GMU 624 (Coyle) within Clallam County.


GMU 564 (Battle Ground). That portion of GMU 554 (Yale) in Clark Co.


GMU 554 (Yale); GMU 504 (Stella). That portion of GMU 564 (Battle Ground) in Cowlitz Co.

Grays Harbor

The following Chehalis Valley restriction applies only during modern firearm elk seasons: That portion of GMU 660 (Minot Peak) described as follows: Beginning at Highway 12 and Highway 107 junction near Montesano; east and south on Highway 12 to State Street in Oakville; south on State Street to its merge with Oakville Rd; west on Oakville Rd to its merge with South Bank Rd; northwest along South Bank Rd to Wakefield Rd; north on Wakefield Rd to the Chehalis River; west along the Chehalis River to Hwy 107 bridge; north on Hwy 107 to Hwy 12 to the point of beginning.

The following restriction applies only during modern firearm general elk seasons: That portion of GMU 658 (North River) beginning at Bay City; then west along Highway 105 to Twin Harbors State Park; then south along Highway 105 to Cranberry Road; then east on Cranberry Road to Turkey Road; then east and north on Turkey Road to Bayview Logging Road; then north and east along Bayview Logging Road to Mallard Slough; then east and south along the Bayview Road to Andrews Creek; then north along main channel of Andrews Creek to Grays Harbor; then north and west along the main navigation channel to Bay City and point of beginning.


GMUs 421 (Camano) and 420 (Whidbey).


Indian and Marrowstone islands.


The area W of Hwy 203 (Monroe-Fall City), then Fall City-Preston Rd to I-90 to Hwy 18, Hwy 18 to I-5 to Pierce-King Co. line; and GMU 422 (Vashon Maury).


This area restricted to archery only during general season hunts (agency directed damage exempt). The following portion of GMU 652 (Puyallup): Beginning at the intersection of Hwy 410 and southeast Mud Mountain Dam Rd near the King-Pierce Co. line N of Buckley; E on southeast Mud Mountain Rd to 284th Ave SE; N on 284th Ave SE to Hwy 410; W on Hwy 410 to point of beginning.


E of Hwy 16 originating at the Tacoma Narrows Bridge to Gorst, and E of Hwy 3 to Newberry Hill Rd, N of Newberry Hill Rd and Bremerton-Seabeck Hwy to Big Beef Creek Bridge; all of Bainbridge Island; and Bangor Military Reservation.


Elk Area 5062 (Trout Lake) closed to centerfire rifles, handguns, and muzzleloaders October 1 to January 30.


GMU 633 (Mason Lake) S of Hammersley Inlet; and all of Hartstene Island.


GMU 684 (Long Beach) The following Long Beach Peninsula restriction applies only during modern firearm general deer and elk seasons; Beginning at the end of Outer Harbor Way in the City of Ilwaco to U.S. Hwy 101, west and north on Hwy 101 to Sandridge Rd; north Sandridge Rd to 95th St; west on 95th St to Tarlatt Slough; out Tarlatt Slough to Willapa Bay north along the shoreline of Willapa Bay, then west to the Pacific Ocean. South along the west coast of the peninsula to Cape Disappointment State park; east along state park boundary to Baker Bay; east along Baker Bay to the point of beginning. The portion of GMU 658 (North River) south and west of State Hwy 105 and Airport Rd between Raymond and North River Bridge. GMU 681 (Chinook Valley) Beginning at confluence of Wallacut River, east along the Columbia River to the Astoria-Megler bridge; west along U.S. Hwy 101 to Houtchen Rd, north on Houtchen Rd to the Chinook River; west on the Chinook River to the Chinook Valley Rd; west on the Chinook Valley Rd to Hwy 101 and Wallacut River bridge; southwest on Wallacut River to point of beginning.


Ketron Island in GMU 652 limited to archery, shotgun, and muzzleloader. GMU 655 (Anderson) restricted to archery, shotgun, and muzzleloader. McNeil Island closed to hunting. See GMU 652 restriction area outlined for King County. GMU 627 (Kitsap) S of Hwy 302 on the Key (Longbranch) Peninsula is a firearm restriction area.

San Juan

All San Juan County, including GMUs 411 (Orcas), 412 (Shaw), 413 (San Juan), 414 (Lopez), 415 (Blakely), 416 (Decatur), 423 (Henry), 424 (Stuart), and those portions of GMU 410 (Islands) that occur in San Juan County.


All mainland areas and islands, including GMU 419 (Guemes), in Skagit County west of I-5 and north of the Skagit/Snohomish County line, except Cypress Island. This restriction applies to big game hunting only.


That portion of GMU 564 (Battle Ground in Skamania Co.)


All areas west of Hwy 9, until the intersection of Hwy 9 and Hwy 2, then east along Hwy 2 to Hwy 203, then all areas west of Hwy 203 to the Snohomish/King County line.


GMU 666 (Deschutes) N of U.S. Hwy 101 and I-5 between Oyster Bay and the mouth of Nisqually River.


All mainland areas and islands of Whatcom County that are west of I-5. This restriction applies to big game hunting only.