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Hunting in Washington: 3 Things to Know Before Applying for a Hunting Permit for Your Kids

By    |   Friday, 05 June 2015 05:24 PM

Regardless of age, anyone who hunts in the state of Washington must hold a hunting license.

Hunters who have completed a basic hunter education course in another state can use this certification to apply for a Washington hunting license. A hunting license from another state does not apply, but the educational certification does.

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Parents should keep these points in mind before applying for a hunting permit for their kids:

1. Age Requirements
Washington state law requires hunter education to obtain a hunting license for those born after January 1, 1972. With that in mind, there is no minimum age that a hunter can enroll in the course, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife said. Instructors may require youth ages 12 and under to have a parent or guardian accompany them to class.

2. Educational Options
Youth hunters can obtain their educational requirement certificate by taking an online course at Hunter-ed.com or by completing a traditional classroom course. Both options require a field test, which can be scheduled after the educational portion of the course is completed.

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Courses traditionally span four to six classes and last about 16 hours total. Registration for all basic hunter education courses, regardless of location, must be done online via the WDFW website. Youth are advised to take the course early on as classes fill up quickly. For example, if you want to hunt in the fall, it is advised to take the class in the spring or early summer.

3. Course Deferral
Similar to hunter apprentice programs in other states, Washington does allow for a one-time deferral of the education requirement. In order to be eligible, the youth hunter must hunt with and be under the supervision of an experienced hunter who has held a license for at least three years. This measure was passed by the Washington legislature in 2007. The deferral can only be applied once during a person's lifetime. For youth hunters, this can be ideal if they are unsure of hunting or their future in the sport.

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

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