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Washington offers a lot of opportunity to interested hunters. Big game, small game, upland bird, waterfowl, and turkey hunting are available in many areas of the state. This unit is included to give you some basic information about some of the hunting choices available in the Evergreen State.

This is the most popular type of hunting in Washington. Deer hunting attracts the most interest, with more than 125,000 people hunting in an average year. Elk hunting is second on the list of popular big game animals hunted, and about 70,000 people hunt elk. There are about 20,000 bear hunters annually. Many hunters are interested in hunting goats, sheep, and moose; however, since these are permit hunts (which means that hunters must be selected in a lottery), very few people actually get to hunt these animals.

Deer grazing in an open field