Whether deer, elk, waterfowl, or upland game, the hunt of a lifetime can be found in Washington. Hunting remains a vital way of life for many residents and non-residents in Washington and contributes to statewide conservation efforts. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife maintains opportunities for seasoned and first-time hunters alike.

Modern Firearm General Deer Seasons 2021

SeasonDatesGMUsType
Black-tailed DeerOct. 16-Oct. 31407, 418, 426, 437, 448, 450, 454, 460, 466, 501 – 505, 506a, 510 – 520, 524 – 556, 560, 568, 572, 574, 601 – 621, 624 (except Deer Area 6020), 627 – 654, 658 – 699dAny buck
410, 411, 412, 413, 414, 415, 416, 417, 419, 420, 421, 422, 423, 424, 564a*, 655, Deer Area 6020Any deer
578d3 pt. min.
White-tailed DeerOct. 16-29101, 105, 108, 111, 113, 117d, 121, 124Any buck
Oct. 16-26203 – 284Any buck
127 – 145, 149d, 154, 162 – 1863 pt. min.
373d, 379d, 381Any deer
Mule DeerOct. 16-26101 – 145, 149d, 154, 162 – 186, 203 -272, 278d, 284, 328, 330 – 368, 372, 373d , 379d , 381, 382 (except closed in Deer Area 5382), 3883 pt. min.

a: See Big Game Closures on page 89. Columbian White-tailed Deer (CWTD) have recently been transplanted to the Ridgefield
National Wildlife Refuge and may now be found in GMU 564 – as a reminder CWTD cannot be harvested as they are protected
state and federally listed endangered species. Please refer to page 20 for visual characteristic between white-tailed and blacktailed deer. If you have any questions please call the Ridgefield NWR Manager at 360-887-2122 or visit http://www.fws.gov/
jbh/translocation.html.


d: Visit: http://www.fws.gov/ for information about hunting on U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service refuge lands.

*GMUs 372, 382 and 564 are mainly private property. Hunters are advised to research ownership and access before hunting in these units.

** Includes Buckhorn, Brother’s, Wonder Mountain, Mount Skokomish, and Colonel Bob Wilderness Areas.

Archery General Deer Seasons 2021

SeasonDatesGMUsType
Black-tailed DeerSept. 1-24407, 410, 411h, 412h, 413h, 414h, 415h, 416, 417, 418, 419, 420h, 421, 422h, 426, 437, 448, 450, 454, 466, 501, 504, 505, 554, 564a*, 568, 621 – 636, 648 – 652, 654 – 673, 684dAny deer
460, 503, 574, 601 – 618, 638, 642, 653, 681, 699dAny buck
578d3 pt. min.
Sept. 1-19510, 513, 516, 520, 524, 530ad, 556Any deer
506a, 550, 560, 572Any buck
White-tailed DeerSept. 1-24101 – 124Any buck
204 – 250, 254 – 284d, 373d, 379d, 381Any deer
145, 149d, 172, 181, 1863 pt. min. or
antlerless
127 through 142, 166, 169, 1753 pt. min.
Sept. 1-19154, 162, 163, 1783 pt. min. or
antlerless
Mule DeerSept. 1-24101 through 136, 166 – 175, 181, 243, 334, 382 (except closed in Deer Area 5382), 3883 pt. min.
139, 142, 145, 149d, 186, 244 through 247, 249, 250, 260, 284, 372*, 373d, 379d, 381, Deer Area 33343 pt. min. or
antlerless
Sept. 1-19163, 1783 pt. min. or
antlerless
154, 162, 251, 328, 335, 336, 340, 346, 352, 356, 360, 364, 3683 pt. min.
Sept. 1-15204 – 242, 248, 254, 262, 266, 269, 272, 278d3 pt. min.
Sept. 16-24204 through 242, 248, 254, 262, 266, 269, 272, 278d3 pt. min. or
antlerless

Late Archery General Deer Seasons 2021

SeasonDatesGMUsType
Black-tailed DeerNov. 24-Dec. 15437, 466, 510 through 520, 524Any deer
448, 460, 506a, 530ad, 560, 572, 601, 603 – 618, 638, 642, 681, 699dAny buck
Nov. 24-Dec. 31407, 410, 411h, 412h, 413h, 414h, 415h, 416, 417, 419, 420h, 421, 422h, 423, 424, 454, 505, 564a*, 624, 627, 636, 648, 652, 654, 655, 660 – 672Any deer
Nov. 10-Dec. 15101Any buck
Nov. 25-Dec. 15105, 108, 117d, 121, 124Any buck
1273 pt. min.
Nov. 20-Dec. 8145, 163, 178, 272, 278d3 pt. min. or
antlerless
Nov. 20-Dec. 8373dAny deer
Nov. 24-Dec. 15204, 209, 215, 233, 243Any deer
Mule DeerNov. 24-30209, 215, 233, 243, 2503 pt. min.
Nov. 24-Dec. 8336, 342, 346, 352, 364, 388, Deer Area 36823 pt. min.
Nov. 20-Dec. 8145, 163, 178, 272, 278d, 373d, Deer Area 33723 pt. min. or
antlerless

a: See Big Game Closures on page 89. Columbian White-tailed Deer (CWTD) have recently been transplanted to the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge and may now be found in GMU 564 – as a reminder CWTD cannot be harvested as they are protected state and federally listed endangered species. Please refer to page 20 for visual characteristic between white-tailed and blacktailed deer. If you have any questions please call the Ridgefield NWR Manager at 360-887-2122 or visit http://www.fws.gov/jbh/translocation.html.


d: Visit http://www.fws.gov/ for information about hunting on U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service refuge lands.


h: Must wear hunter orange and/or hunter pink

*GMUs 372, 382 and 564 are mainly private property. Hunters are advised to research ownership and access before hunting in these units

Muzzleloader General Deer Seasons 2021

SeasonDatesGMUsType
Black-tailed DeerSept. 25-Oct. 3407, 418, 426, 437, 448, 450, 501, 503, 504, 505, 506a, 510, 513, 516, 520, 530ad, 550, 554, 560, 568, 572, 574, 603, 607, 612, 615, 624 (except Deer Area 6020), 621, 633 – 651, 660, 663, 672, 673Any buck
410, 411h, 412h, 413h, 414h, 415h, 416, 417, 419, 420h, 421, 422h, 423, 424, 454, 564a*, 627, 652, 655, 666, 684d, Deer Area 6020Any deer
578d3 pt. min.
White-tailed DeerSept. 25-Oct. 3101 – 124, 203, 204, 209, 215, 231, 233, 239, 242
– 246, 247, 248, 250, 251, 254, 260, 262, 266, 269, 272, 278d, 284
Any buck
145, 149d3 pt. min. or
antlerless
127, 130, 133, 136, 139, 142, 175, 181, 1863 pt. min
373d
, 379d
Any deer
Mule DeerSept. 25-Oct. 3101 – 145, 149d, 175, 181, 186, 203, 204, 209, 215, 231, 233, 239, 242 – 246, 248, 250, 251, 254, 260, 262, 266, 269, 272, 278d, 284, 328, 330 – 342, 352 – 368, 373d, 379d3 pt. min.
Deer Areas 3334, 33723 pt. min. or
antlerless
Black-tailed DeerNov. 24-Dec. 15407, 410, 411h, 412h, 413h, 414h, 415h, 416, 417, 419, 420h, 421, 422h, 423, 424, 454, 504, 564a*, 633, 654, 666, 667, 684dAny deer
448, 460, 501, 602, 621, 651, 658, 673Any buck
White-tailed DeerNov. 24-Dec. 8113Any buck
Nov. 25-Dec. 8130, 133, 136, 139, 1423 pt. min
Nov. 20-Dec. 8172, 1813 pt. min.
Nov. 25-Dec. 8379d, 381Any deer
Mule DeerNov. 25-Dec. 8379d, 3813 pt. min.
Nov. 20-30382* (except closed in Deer Area 5382)3 pt. min.

a: See Big Game Closures on page 89. Columbian White-tailed Deer (CWTD) have recently been transplanted to the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge and may now be found in GMU 564 – as a reminder CWTD cannot be harvested as they are protected state and federally listed endangered species. Please refer to page 20 for visual characteristic between white-tailed and blacktailed deer. If you have any questions please call the Ridgefield NWR Manager at 360-887-2122 or visit http://www.fws.gov/jbh/translocation.html.


d: Visit http://www.fws.gov/ for information about hunting on U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service refuge lands.


h: Must wear hunter orange and/or hunter pink.

GMU 382 and 564 are mainly private property. Hunters are advised to research ownership and access before hunting in these units.

** Includes Buckhorn, Brother’s, Wonder Mountain, Mount Skokomish, and Colonel Bob Wilderness Areas.

Washington Big game license costs 2021

License typeResidentNon-residentResident senior
Deer+Elk+Bear+Cougar License$95.50$860.00$95.50
Deer+Elk+Bear+Cougar License W/discounted Small game license ***$117.50$956.80$117.50
Deer+Elk License$84.50$739.00$84.50
Deer+Elk License W/discounted Small game license ***$106.50$835.80$106.50
Deer License$44.90$434.30$44.90
Deer License W/discounted Small game license ***$66.90$531.10$66.90

Washington Offical Links

Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife

Licenses and Permits

Washington Hunting Regulations PDF