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Hunter education course review and summary

Big game, small game, upland bird, waterfowl, and turkey hunting are available in many areas of Washington.


Hunter education course review and summary

Big game hunting is the most popular type of hunting in the state. Species that can be hunted are:

  • Mule deer, black-tailed deer, and white-tailed deer
  • Roosevelt elk and Rocky Mountain elk
  • Black bear

Hunter education course review and summary

Small game species that can be hunted include the bobcat, raccoon, rabbit and hare, fox, and coyote.


Hunter education course review and summary

Upland birds that can be hunted include the pheasant, quail, chukar, and gray partridge. Regulations for upland bird hunting differ for western Washington and eastern Washington.


Hunter education course review and summary

Waterfowl that can be hunted included the mourning dove, goose, and duck.


Hunter education course review and summary

Turkey hunting requires both a hunting license and a separate tag. Some areas also require a permit.


Hunter education course review and summary

Animals that are labeled "rare," "threatened," or "endangered" are fully protected by law.

  • Due to their small numbers, big game animals that cannot be hunted in Washington include the grizzly bear, caribou, and pronghorn antelope.
  • Protected species also cannot be hunted; this includes the robin, blue jay, hawk, etc.

Hunter education course review and summary

To be a responsible hunter, you should learn to identify wildlife correctly. Mistakes can lead to illegal harvest of game or non-game animals.


Hunter education course review and summary

Wild animals are generally divided into five groups:

  • Large mammals
  • Small mammals
  • Upland birds
  • Waterfowl
  • Birds of prey