Elk Hoof Disease
Sporadic reports of lame elk or elk with overgrown or missing hooves have been received in southwest Washington since the mid 1990’s. Reports of this “hoof disease” have been increasing and hunters have regularly seen and sometimes harvested an elk with this condition. Learn more >>
WDFW is conducting a public opinion survey to help identify key wildlife issues to be addressed in the department’s 2015-2021 Game Management Plan.
The information gathered from the survey will help WDFW update its current plan, originally developed in 2003 and updated in 2009. Learn more >>
Through new agreements with private landowners, WDFW has succeeded in opening up tens of thousands of acres of private farmland and timberland through programs such as “Feel Free to Hunt” and “Register to Hunt.” The latest program, “Hunt By Reservation,” allows hunters to get hunting information for specific properties and book a reservation online. Find properties to hunt >>>
2012 Game Status and Trend Report
The Game Status and Trend Report describes the current status and assesses trends in populations for game species within the state. For major species, separate sections cover each region or other management unit. Download Today >>
Register today! - Hunter education training is required in Washington State for all hunters born after January 1, 1972. The Department of Fish and Wildlife offers both traditional classroom and online hunter education classes.