Although there are many opportunities for hunting small game in Washington, small game hunting is not nearly as popular as big game hunting. Often, hunters pursue small game while they are hunting other species. Popular small game animals include bobcats, raccoons, rabbits and hares, foxes, and coyotes. Small game animals are found in all areas that offer suitable habitats. Hunting methods and techniques vary, depending upon hunter skill and knowledge.
A hunting license is required to hunt all small game species. Some species, such as coyote, may be hunted year round with few exceptions. Other species, such as cottontails and raccoons, may be hunted only during established seasons.