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Hunting in Washington: Animals to Hunt Year-Round

By    |   Tuesday, 09 Jun 2015 01:53 PM

Washington offers many game species to hunting enthusiasts throughout the year, but only one animal is considered year-round game: coyotes.

With that in mind, hunters should be apprised of the lengthy seasons the state offers, meaning there is really not a time when hunting isn't considered in season.

Year-round Game
Coyote can be hunted year-round with either a small or big game license in Washington. Hunters have no bag limit when taking the animal either. The season is also open statewide.

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Game with Extended Seasons
Although the following animals have limited seasons, they are considered long seasons, which provide hunters with ample opportunity to bag some game.

Modern firearm season for deer begins as early as September in some portions of Washington and runs until the middle of November. When firearm season ends, archery season picks up and runs until the end of December in some regions.

Muzzleloader season runs concurrently as well, from early September until late December. In all, hunters have about four months to bag a deer in Washington.

Elk season starts as early as August 1 in some areas and runs until the end of December, depending upon location. Late archery season runs even longer in some areas, starting in August and ending January 31. This gives hunters nearly six months to bag an elk.

Cougar season is another lengthy season in Washington. The early season kicks off in September and runs until the end of December. After that the late hunting season takes effect from January 1 until April 30. In total, hunters can legally hunt cougar in varying locations for nearly eight months out of the year.

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Animals to Avoid

Washington has several game species, but there are also some animals that should be avoided. There is never an open season on any of the following in the state: lynx, pygmy rabbit, jackrabbit, ptarmigan, sage grouse, and sharp-tailed grouse.

The following animals may be taken, but only by trapping: beaver, badger, weasel, marten, mink, muskrat, and river otter.

Hunters should check for the most up-to-date information prior to entering the field for any hunt as seasons can change from year to year.

This article is for information only. Please check current regulations before hunting.

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