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Washington

Game Bird Hunting

Resident Game Bird Seasons

2021-2022 Upland Game Bird Seasons

Species

Area

Season Dates

Daily Bag Limit

Possession Limit

Forest Grouse
(Ruffed, Sooty, Dusky, and Spruce)

Statewide

Sept. 15 - Jan. 15

4 grouse per day, to include not more than 3 Dusky or Sooty Grouse (combined), 3 Spruce Grouse, and 3 Ruffed Grouse.

12 grouse, to include not more than 9 Dusky or Sooty Grouse (combined), 9 Spruce Grouse, and 9 Ruffed Grouse.

Sage and Sharp-tailed Grouse, Ptarmigan

Closed Statewide

Pheasant

*At the Samish release site pheasants will only be released during the youth and senior seasons. Please see the WDFW website (https://wdfw.wa.gov/hunting/locations/upland-bird) for alternative sites.

Western Washington

Sept. 18-19 (Youth Only)

2 either sex

4 either sex

Sept. 20-24 (Hunters 65 Years or Older, Hunters with Disabilities)

2 either sex

10 either sex

Western Washington
Regular Season

8:00 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Sept. 25 - Nov. 30

2 either sex

15 either sex

Western Washington
Extended Season
(no pheasants released)

8:00 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 1-15

ONLY at Belfair, Fort Lewis, Kosmos, Lincoln Creek, Scatter Creek, Skookumchuck, & Whidbey Island release sites

2 either sex

15 either sex

Eastern Washington

Sept. 18-19 (Youth Only)

3 cocks only

6 cocks only

Sept. 20-24 (Hunters 65 Years or Older, Hunters with Disabilities)

3 cocks only

15 cocks only

Eastern Washington
Regular Season

Oct. 23 - Jan. 17

3 cocks only

15 cocks only

California (Valley) Quail and
Northern Bobwhite

Western Washington

Sept. 25 - Nov. 30

10 mixed bag

30 mixed bag

Eastern Washington

Sept. 18-19 (Youth Only)

10 mixed bag

20 mixed bag

Eastern Washington
Regular Season

Oct. 2 - Jan. 17

10 mixed bag

30 mixed bag

Quail (Mountain)

Western Washington

Sept. 25 - Nov. 30

2

4

Eastern Washington

Closed throughout Eastern Washington

Gray Partridge

Eastern Washington

Sept. 18-19 (Youth Only)

6 chukar & 6 gray

12 chukar & 12 gray

Oct. 2 - Jan. 17

Chukar

Eastern Washington

Sept. 18-19 (Youth Only)

6 chukar & 6 gray

12 chukar & 12 gray

Oct. 2 - Jan. 31

Crow

Statewide

Sept. 1 - Dec. 31

No limit

No limit

Bird Dog Training Season

Aug. 1, 2020 - Mar. 31, 2021 — A small game license is required to train dogs on wild game birds. A western Washington pheasant license is required to train dogs on pheasants in western Washington.

Exceptions: Dog training may be conducted year-round on designated portions of:

Region One

Espanola (T 24 N, R 40 E, E 1/2 of Sec. 16)

Region Two

Martha Lake Access Area (170 acres): One mile northeast of the town of George, southeast of the South Frontage Road along Interstate 90 and north of Baseline Road.

Region Three

Wenas Wildlife Area

Region Four

Skagit Wildlife Area

Lake Terrell Wildlife Area

Snoqualmie Wildlife Area

Region Five

Shillapoo/Vancouver Lake Wildlife Area

Region Six

Scatter Creek Wildlife Area

Fort Lewis Military Base

Training dogs on western Washington pheasant release sites is only open from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Only youth and seniors may train dogs during their respective seasons on designated western Washington pheasant release sites. Wild upland game birds may be pursued during the dog training season but may not be killed except during established hunting seasons. Captive raised game birds may be released and killed during dog training if the hunter has proof of lawful acquisition (invoices) and the birds are appropriately marked (WAC 220-450-010 and 220-416-110).