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Game Bird Hunting

Game Bird Identification

Sharp-tailed and Sage Grouse are Protected

These are the areas you will likely encounter Sage and Sharp-tailed Grouse.

Remember these species are protected and cannot be hunted.

Sharp-tailed and Sage Grouse are Protected

The hunting season is CLOSED for both of these game birds. Their sagebrush and grassland habitats in Washington have changed dramatically since the state was settled. The population status of these birds is sensitive. Other game birds such as pheasant, gray partridge (huns), and quail may occur in similar areas. Hunters need to be certain of their targets. Both sage and sharp-tailed grouse are quite distinctive from other game birds. Know your target.

Primary Upland Bird Management Areas