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Hunting in Washington: 3 Things to Know About Hunting on Private Lands

By    |   Tuesday, 09 Jun 2015 02:43 PM

Hunters often seek out private hunting lands in Washington in large part because more than 50 percent of the state's land is privately owned. In 1948, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife began working with property owners to encourage controlled hunting on private lands.

Landowners who register with the program have the ultimate say in how and when their land can be hunted. For hunters, this opens a door of opportunity for new ventures on private lands.

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But before taking to the field, hunters should keep these three things in mind:

1. Signage
Knowing how to identify property that is part of the land management program is key. Property that is part of the state program will be posted in one of four ways. Register to Hunt properties are marked with a yellow sign that notifies hunters to sign in and out of the property when hunting upon it.

Feel Free to Hunt properties allow hunters to enter the area without permission of the property owner. These are typically marked with a green sign.

Hunt by Written Permission properties require all hunters to gain written permission prior to hunting on the property. Landowners give out written permission slips to those who are approved to hunt on these lands.

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It is illegal to hunt on these lands without a permission slip. Hunt by Reservation properties allow the landowner to control when the property is hunted on by requiring hunters to make reservations prior to hunting.

2. Liability

Hunters cannot take action against any private property owner, even if they receive/sustain injury on the land. Landowners are protected by state statute against charges from persons who are using their land recreationally.

3. Respect the Land
Hunters are encouraged to leave the property as they found it when hunting on privately owned land. This means closing any gates behind them, taking litter with them, and an overall respect for the property.

Hunting on private land is a courtesy offered by property owners. Failure to show respect for the property could lead the owner to rescind his or her decision from allowing hunting upon it.

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

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Hunters often seek out private hunting lands in Washington in large part because more than 50 percent of the state's land is privately owned. In 1948, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife began working with property owners to encourage controlled hunting on private lands.
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