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Game Bird Hunting

Youth, Veterans & Active Military Personnel Hunt Information

Youth Only Hunt Dates


Canada and White-fronted geese, ducks (including Scaup) and coots; See Migratory Game Bird Seasons for bag limit details. DOES NOT INCLUDE WHITE GEESE, BRANT OR SNIPE.

  • Western Washington: Sept. 25, 2021
  • Eastern Washington: Oct. 2, 2021

Upland *

See Resident Game Bird Seasons for details.

  • Pheasant (East & West): Sept. 18-19, 2021
  • California Quail, bobwhite, chukar, & gray partridge (Eastside): Sept. 18-19, 2021


See Wild Turkey for details.

  • Spring Youth hunt: April 1-7, 2022

* Special youth hunting season open to hunters under 16 years of age (must be accompanied by an adult at least 18 years old who is not hunting).

Youth, Veterans & Active Military Hunt Dates


Canada, White-fronted, and White geese, brant, ducks (including Scaup) and coots; See Migratory Game Bird Seasons for bag limit details.

  • Statewide: February 5, 2022*

* Authorization and Harvest Record Cards are required for certain species during this hunt. Veteran and Active Military hunters must have one of the following, or a copy of, during the hunt: DD214, Veteran Benefit card, Retired Active Military I.D., or Active Duty I.D. card (WAC 220-416-060).

Parking at state recreation lands

Anglers, hunters, and others who park on Washington state recreation lands must use either the WDFW Vehicle Access Pass or the Washington State Discover Pass.

Washington State Discover Pass

To park at recreational properties owned or managed by Washington State Parks or the Washington Department of Natural Resources, you will need a state Discover Pass. The Discover Pass is also good at WDFW managed lands. Proceeds from Discover Pass sales support the operation and maintenance of state-managed recreation lands throughout Washington. More information is online at

WDFW Vehicle Access Pass

Most annual hunting, fishing, and trapping licenses include a complimentary Vehicle Access Pass, which allows you to park at WDFW wildlife areas and water access areas. This pass is good only at WDFW managed lands.

Where to purchase

Fishing and hunting licenses, which include the Vehicle Access Pass, and the Discover Pass are available online at; by phone at 360-902-2464; or at retail license vendors throughout the state. A complete vendor list is online at The Discover Pass may also be purchased online at; by phone at 866-320-9933; and at state parks and parks system offices. Information about sales locations is online at

You must display your parking pass

Whenever you park at state recreation lands, you must display the Vehicle Access Pass or the Discover Pass so that it is visible from outside the vehicle. Both passes may be transferred between two vehicles, but a single pass may be used for only one vehicle at a time.

Youth Mentor Hunts

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is joining forces with Pheasants Forever, Washington Waterfowl Association, and other hunting organizations to offer Youth - Mentor Hunts. Often times it is difficult for kids to get into hunting because their parents or relatives don't hunt. This is an opportunity for any kids who are interested to have an adult take them out and teach them how it's done.

To participate, hunters must be under 16 years old. Interested young hunters or their parents should contact WDFW's Regional Offices. Whenever possible young hunters will be matched with available mentors depending on which area of the state they would like to hunt.

WDFW would like to thank the following organizations for helping with this event and providing mentors:

Inland Northwest Wildlife Council


Pheasants Forever

Puget Sound Chapter

Columbia Basin Chapter

Yakima Valley Chapter

Vancouver Wildlife League

U.S. Army (Fort Lewis)

Adventure Center: 253-967-6263

Whidbey Island Naval Air Station


Washington Waterfowl Association

James Ono - President

Ducks Unlimited Washington


Other organizations interested in providing mentors would be appreciated.

Contact the Wildlife Program at (360) 902-2515 or via email:

Washington Waterfowl

Conservation—Education—Hunter Advocacy


Founded in 1945, Washington Waterfowl Association (WWA) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to the enhancement of waterfowl and waterfowl habitat in the support and promotion of safe and ethical waterfowl hunting in compliance with state and federal regulations. We also act as the “Voice of the Waterfowler” to speak as one unified group on issues pertaining to the drafting and passage of proposed state and federal laws that may affect waterfowl hunting in the future. In light of our federal tax-exempt status, many of your donations to WWA are tax deductible.


We provide members with the opportunity to participate in “hands-on” conservations opportunities to construct ponds, goose nesting platforms and duck nesting tunnels, install and maintain Wood Duck nest boxes – all of which help to assure the perpetuation of wild fowl populations and wildfowl habitat for the future – and all within the Washington State. In addition we sponsor a Hunter Mentorship Program to help newcomers find success in their pursuit of their own piece of the waterfowling heritage.


Many of our Chapters around the state hold monthly meetings with speakers on topics ranging from resource management topics, to education on migratory bird species and their habitats, to tips for calling, decoying, and hunting waterfowl, as well as other subjects of general interest to waterfowlers in Washington whether hunting the salt, navigable rivers, or fresh water impoundments.


For a membership application, see our website at or apply online through our website with a secure payment connection.


  • Gray’s Harbor
  • Kitsap Peninsula
  • Lower Columbia
  • Moses Lake
  • Northwest
  • Seattle
  • Southwest
  • Spokane
  • Tri– Cities
  • Wenatchee
  • Whatcom
  • Yakima Valley

WWA Hunter Mentor Program

The WWA Mentorship Program provides some basic information before the season and then matches new hunters (old and young) with a more experienced waterfowler. The program does not provide specific access to private land or act as a guide service. Everyone puts in the work. Our goal is to help give you the tools and knowledge to become a successful hunter and pass on the values of sportsmanship, etiquette, and conservation.

If you would like to be paired with a mentor or if you would like to share some of your knowledge by mentoring, please contact us!