Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife
Master Hunter Section
600 Capitol Way North
Olympia, WA 98501-1091
WDFW – Enforcement
Natural Resources Building
1111 Washington Street SE
Olympia, WA 9850
| Please Note
||All individuals born after 1 January
1972 must also show proof of basic hunter education training from Washington
or another state before enrolling in the Master Hunter program.
If required, enclose a copy of your hunter education certificate
or the year and state in which you completed your training.
(B-3 targets may be purchased locally or you can download the required target at:
Applicants should qualify with the type of legal hunting implement that they intend to use during Master Hunter seasons. It is expected that Master Hunters will be proficient with any legal hunting implement prior to its use during any Master Hunter season. One way to achieve that proficiency is to qualify with additional legal hunting implements. Master Hunters may qualify with additional hunting implements at any time simply by following the instructions for qualification and sending the completed Shooting Proficiency Certification form to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW).
Shooters qualifying with shotguns shooting shot must shoot clay targets at an official skeet or trap range. Shooters must break a minimum of 20 clay targets out of 25 in a standard round of either skeet or trap.
Please note that hand-throwers, informal shooting areas, etc., do not qualify for Master Hunter scores in skeet or trap shooting.
- Rifle shooters must shoot a minimum qualifying score of 60 points for 10 shots off-hand at 50 yards, and 80 points for 10 shots from a rest at 100 yards, on a B3 target (20 shots total).
- Muzzleloader shooters must shoot a minimum qualifying score of 60 points for 10 shots off-hand at 50 yards, and 80 points for 10 shots from a rest at 75 yards, on a B3 target (20 shots total).
- Shooters using shotguns shooting slugs must shoot a minimum qualifying score of 30 points for 5 shots off-hand at 50 yards, and 35 points for 5 shots from a rest at 100 yards, on a B3 target (10 shots total).
- Handgun shooters must shoot a minimum qualifying score of 60 points for 10 shots off-hand at 25 yards, and 80 points for 10 shots from a rest at 50 yards, on a B3 target (20 shots total).
- Archery shooters must shoot a minimum qualifying score of 60 points for 10 shots at 30 yards, and 70 points for 10 shots at 20 yards, and 80 points for 10 shots at 10 yards, on a B3 target (30 shots total).
- Crossbow shooters must shoot a minimum qualifying score of 30 points for 5 shots at 40 yards, and 35 points for 5 shots at 30 yards, and 40 points for 5 shots at 20 yards, on a B3 target (15 shots total).
- Shots striking outside the six(6) ring on the B-3 target have no point value.
- All shots striking within the scoring ring of six (6) or higher have a point value. Thus, a shot striking within the 7 ring earns a score of 7 points. A shot striking the 9 ring earns a score of 9 points. If a shot breaks the ring line of a higher point value ring, only the higher point value is awarded. For example, if one shot strikes between the 8 and 9 ring, that shot earns only 9 points (not 9 + 8). Each shot can only earn 0, 6, 7, 8, 9 or 10 points.
- The cumulative value of all shots fired at each position determines the point score. Add the point value of all shots to determine your point score. Shots with zero point value must be counted as zero within the 5 or 10 shot string.
- All shots must be consecutive. Shooters may not shoot more than the specified number of shots in a string and select their best individual shots. Shooters may not shoot more than the specified number of shots and select their best consecutive shots.
- Shooters who do not attain the minimum required score must shoot the additional specified number of consecutive shots to earn a qualifying score. For example, if you score less than the required number of points with 5 or 10 consecutive shots you cannot simply shoot another shot (6th or 11th shot) to boost your score to/above the minimum requirement. Nor may you substitute a higher shot score for a lower one.
- All hunting equipment used to qualify must meet legal requirements for general hunting seasons. For rifles and handguns the minimum caliber is .24. Only 10 and 12 ga shotguns shooting slugs are legal for elk. Refer to the Regulations for legal requirements for archery and crossbow.