Washington Hunting Laws and Regulations

Passing this Hunting safety course will complete your online safety education for Washington.

Who is required to complete hunter education in Washington?

According to Washington law, all hunters who were born after January 1, 1972, must complete hunter education certification in order to acquire a hunting license in Washington.

Is completion of a Washington state agency-approved course required in order to buy a license?

Yes, in many cases. In order to buy a license, Washington requires that hunters who were born after January 1, 1972, must first complete a course approved by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and IHEA-USA.

Elsewhere

Hunting education is currently required in several U.S. states and Canadian provinces.

Reciprocity

All U.S. states, provinces, and countries that have mandatory hunter education requirements will accept the Certification Card. Likewise, Washington will accept Hunter Education certifications that are issued by other jurisdictions that meet official IHEA requirements. (This is known as “reciprocity.”)

Washington-Approved Hunting Course

The Washington Hunter Ed Course is approved and accepted by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.

What Makes a Course Approved?

To be approved by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, a course must teach hunters to become:

  • Safe (by following all hunting safety rules)
  • Responsible (about hunting, wildlife, conservation, and hunting laws)
  • Knowledgeable (by knowing and demonstrating acceptable behavior and attitudes while hunting)
  • Involved (in joining and participating in hunting and conservation organizations)

Meets IHEA-USA Standards

This Washington Hunter Ed online hunting education course was developed in accordance with the standards set forth by IHEA-USA and meets the requirements of the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife hunter safety mandate.

About the Standards

In 1999 the International Hunter Education Association (IHEA-USA) adopted a set of performance guidelines for basic hunter education courses. These standards have been used internationally by hunter education administrators to evaluate minimum core content in hunter education courses. Industry partners, including the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and Hunter Ed, have used the revised standards to develop new student manuals and alternative delivery methods for hunter education.

Our Commitment to Hunter Education

Hunter Ed is committed to making sure Washington hunter education students learn the skills and information needed to have a safe, successful, and fun hunt. We strive to ensure this Washington online hunter safety course helps you become a more knowledgeable and ethical hunter. Educated hunters play an important role in making Washington a leader in conservation and wildlife management.

We accomplish that goal by working with Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and IHEA-USA to produce a course that’s accurate, interesting, and easy to understand.

As a new hunter, you can be proud of your contributions to wildlife conservation and your role as a steward of our natural resources.

Need help? Here are the answers to the questions Washington Hunting students most frequently ask.

Frequently Asked Questions