Hunting Deer in Washington: General Information

To Hunt Deer in Washington:

  1. Purchase a big game hunting license with deer as a species option. Refer to License, Tags & Permit Fees for details.
  2. Choose the appropriate deer transport tag for one of the following hunting methods: modern firearm, muzzleloader, or archery.
  3. Hunt during the general season dates specified for the hunting method on your tag. Ensure that you only hunt during the seasons outlined for your chosen hunting method.

Special Permit Hunts:

  • You have the option to apply for hunts that are open to hunters by special permit only. Select special permit hunt choices listed for the hunting method on your tag. Refer to Deer Special Permits for the list of available permit hunts and Special Permit Application Instructions for application guidelines.

Reporting Your Hunting Activity:

  • After completing your hunting activity, it is mandatory to report it online at or by calling 360-902-2464. For more information, see Mandatory Hunter Reporting.

Pre-season Deer Hunting Checklist:

  • Familiarize yourself with the following definitions and requirements before embarking on your deer hunting adventure:


  • 3 Pt. Minimum: In certain GMUs (Game Management Units), a legal deer must have at least 3 antler points on one side. Examples include 3x3, 3x2, or 3x1 antler configurations, where an antler point must be at least one inch to be counted. Refer to Antler Point Diagrams for visual guidance.

  • Antler Points: To qualify as a point on a deer, an antler point must be at least one inch long, measured on the longest side. Consult Antler Point Diagrams for clarification.

  • Antlerless: Refers to deer without antlers, including doe or fawn deer.

  • Any Buck: You may take any deer with visible antlers, and fawns are illegal to hunt.

  • Black-tailed Deer: Denotes any member of the black-tailed/mule deer species (Odocoileus hemionus) found west of a specified boundary line (refer to the description in the text).

  • Mule Deer: Encompasses any member of the black-tailed/mule deer species (Odocoileus hemionus) found east of a designated boundary line (refer to the description in the text).

  • White-tailed Deer: Refers to any white-tailed deer (species Odocoileus virginianus), excluding the Columbian White-tailed Deer (species Odocoileus virginianus leucurus).

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