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Washington

Game Bird Hunting

Hunting Area Information

Information on lands open to public hunting, including WDFW Wildlife Areas, is available from WDFW offices for the geographical areas shown (see Contact Information for WDFW offices). Thousands of acres of both federal and state lands are open to public hunting, in addition to several National Wildlife Refuges that operate regulated hunting programs. Please see below for National Wildlife Refuge information. Information on WDFW Wildlife Areas and hunting access is available online at wdfw.wa.gov/lands/wildlife_areas.

Tribal Lands

There are both state and tribal rules and license requirements pertaining to non-Indian hunting within Indian reservations. You can find more information about tribal hunting on our website at: https://wdfw.wa.gov/hunting/management/tribal.

State hunting requirements and rules are in this pamphlet. Please call the appropriate WDFW Regional office if you have any questions about complying with state rules and licensing requirements when hunting on Indian reservations.

For tribal rules and license requirements, check with appropriate tribal authorities.

Upland bird seasons established by the state within the Colville and Yakama Reservations are the same as the seasons that the tribes established for these reservations.

For information regarding hunting or fishing within the boundaries of the Colville Indian Reservation, hunters should contact the office of the Colville Confederated Tribes Fish and Wildlife Department, (509) 634-2110, to determine the tribal permits and regulations applicable to such activities.

For information regarding hunting migratory and upland birds on tribal-owned lands within the external boundaries of the Yakama Reservation, hunters should contact the Yakama Nation, (509) 865-5121, ext. 6307, to determine the applicable tribal permits and regulations.

For questions regarding differences in licensing, regulations, use of electronic decoys, or other information, please contact the WDFW Region 3 Yakima office at (509) 575-2740.

Public Conduct on WDFW Lands

The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission adopted rules (Washington Administrative Code 220-500) in December 2007 after years of discussion and extensive public review. As the number of users and types of use continue to increase on WDFW lands, the rules provide a fair and sensible approach to protecting both fish and wildlife habitats and recreational values consistent with healthy wildlife populations.

These rules only apply on WDFW lands. The complete public conduct rule package is available on the web at: https://apps.leg.wa.gov/wac/default.aspx?cite=220.

The rules address behavior and conduct, parking, camping, campfires, dumping and littering, target shooting, fireworks, pets, building blinds and tree stands, access, commercial and noncommercial use, and enforcement.

Fire rules allow campfires up to a maximum of three feet in diameter and three feet high unless posted otherwise. The rules also include a 21-day camping limit within a 30-day period unless posted otherwise. Vehicles should not be left unattended for more than 21 days. Unattended blinds are available to the public on a “first-come-first-serve” basis. These rules were designed to provide an equal opportunity for all users.

The firearms and target practicing rule prohibits the use of glass, signs, appliances, mattresses, televisions, furniture, and exploding items as targets. With the exception of clay pigeons, debris from target practice should be removed. These rules, along with no-littering laws, address a growing concern for the amount of garbage left on public lands. The rules also prohibit the discharge of firearms within 500 feet of one of the 21 department-designated campgrounds. These very limited shooting restrictions were included to protect the recreating public.

Rules governing pets allow hunters to use hunting dogs under their control, but not to let them or other pets roam unattended. From April through July, all dogs and other pets must be leashed on WDFW lands to protect nesting wildlife.

To manage multiple user groups, a permit from the department is required for any private or public event involving more than thirty people.

A commercial use permit from the department is required for any activity on department lands where a fee is charged or where the purpose is the sale or barter of a good or service regardless of whether the activity is intended to produce a profit. Hunting guides on WDFW lands are not permitted without a permit from the Director.

All those who use WDFW lands are encouraged to take a look at these rules. If they are followed, WDFW public lands will continue to provide safe, beautiful wildlands for all users to enjoy now and in the future.

Where to get Maps

Department of Natural Resources

Major Public Lands maps and aerial photos

www.dnr.wa.gov/programs-and-services/buy-maps-aerial-photos-or-survey-data

Department of Enterprise Services Print Shop

TOPO and public lands maps

7580 New Market St SW

Tumwater, WA 98501

(360) 664-4343

Arnolds Map Service

Maps with GMU boundaries on them.

USGS Topographic Maps and other maps

119 W 24th Street

Vancouver, WA 98660

www.arnoldmapservice.com

Email: parnold1942@gmail.com

Benchmark Maps

Washington Road & Recreation Atlas,

Public lands maps with GMU overlays,

Washington Recreation Maps

Local bookstores

(888) 797-9377

www.benchmarkmaps.com

Big Sky Maps

Rams GMU Maps

Topography, Public/Private Lands

P.O. Box 1318

Caldwell, ID 83606

(800) 553-6658

www.bigskymaps.com

L C Sportsmaps

Maps with GMU boundaries

(public and private lands)

PO Box 1840

Orting, WA 98360

(360) 872-0221

www.lcsportsmaps.com

MyTopo

Hunt Area/GMU Maps provide 1:100,000 Bureau of Land Management base maps.

http://www.mytopo.com/

Green Trails Maps

www.greentrailsmaps.com

Adams County:

www.adamswa.mapsifter.com

Grant County:

www.grantwa.mapsifter.com

Washington Atlas and Gazetteer

Local bookstores or U.S. Geological Survey

Metskers Maps

(800) 727-4430

www.metskers.com

On X Maps

Landowners Names & Boundaries.

Detailed Roads and Trails Data.

1925 Brooks St.

Missoula, MT 59801

(406) 540-1602

www.huntinggpsmaps.com

Bureau of Land Management

Spokane District

1103 North Fancher

Spokane, WA 99212

(509) 536-1200

www.blm.gov/or

U. S. Forest Service Maps:

Many national forest trailheads in Washington now charge an access fee. You may contact the Forest Service for access fees and maps at any of the following forest service offices:

www.fs.fed.us

https://www.fs.fed.us/visit/maps

Colville National Forest

765 S Main, Federal Bldg

Colville, WA 99114

(509) 684-3711

Gifford Pinchot National Forest

100600 NE 51st Circle

Vancouver, WA 98682

(360) 891-5000

Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest

Mt. Baker-Ranger District

810 State Route 20

Sedro-Woolley, WA 98284-1263

(360) 856-5700

For rules and conduct pertaining to the Mt. Baker Wilderness Area visit:

www.fs.usda.gov/detail/mbs/specialplaces/?cid=fsbdev7_001639

Darrinton Ranger District

1405 Emens St.

Darrinton, WA 98241-9502

(360) 436-1155

Skykomish Ranger District

74920 NE Stevens Pass Highway

Skykomish, WA 98288-0305

(360) 677-2414

Snoqualmie Ranger District

902 SE North Bend Way, Bldg. 1

North Bend, WA 98045-9545

(425) 888-1421

Okanogan National Forest

1240 South Second Avenue

Okanogan, WA 98840

(509) 826-3275

Olympic National Forest

1835 Black Lake Blvd SW

Olympia, WA 98512

(360) 956-2300

www.fs.usda.gov/detail/olympic/maps-pubs/?cid=stelprdb5195398

Umatilla National Forest

2517 SW Hailey Avenue

Pendleton, OR 97801

(541) 278-3716

Wenatchee National Forest

215 Melody Lane

Wenatchee, WA 98801

(509) 664-9200

Portland District Corps of Engineers

Lower Columbia River Projects

(Benton, Klickitat, and Skamania Counties)

Call the following Park Ranger Offices for Corps restrictions and permitted access.

  1. Bonneville Lock and Dam: 541-374-8344

    *Hunting is not allowed at the Bonneville Lock and Dam, due to small acreage combined with developed recreation interspresed within operational areas.

  2. The Dalles Lock and Dam: 541-506-7857
  3. John Day Lock and Dam: 541-506-4807

Outdoor Recreation Information Center

Trip Planning Section

222 Yale Ave. N.

Seattle, WA 98109-5429

(206) 470-4060 / (206) 470-4061

National Wildlife Refuges

Hunting is allowed on many National Wildlife Refuges. Please contact the refuge for specific information or visit www.fws.gov/refuges

Ridgefield*
28908 NW Main Ave.
PO Box 457
Ridgefield, WA 98642
Hunter Hotline: (360) 571-2015
fws.gov/ridgefieldrefuges

Columbia, Umatilla,
Toppenish, & Mcnary*
Mid-Columbia NWR
64 Maple Street
Burbank, WA 99323-8521
(509) 546-8300
fws.gov/mcriver

Turnbull*
26010 South Smith
Cheney, WA 99004
(509) 235-4723
fws.gov/turnbull

Willapa*
3888 SR 101
Ilwaco, WA 98624
(360) 484-3482
fws.gov/willapa

Julia Butler Hansen
46 Steamboat Slough Rd.
Cathlamet, WA 98612
(360) 795-3915
fws.gov/jbh

Nisqually
100 Brown Farm Rd. NE
Olympia, WA 98516
(360) 753-9467
fws.gov/nisqually

* Please contact for specific youth hunt opportunities

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