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2021 General Hunting Information
As fall approaches, you're likely planning and prepping for the upcoming hunting season. Sadly, fire risk in both eastern and western Washington is at extreme levels and based on the state Department of Natural Resources (DNR) metrics, may remain so until November.

As such, some hunting opportunities may be affected by emergency land closures. We want to provide you with many options, so you can make informed decisions for your 2021 season and have a safe and successful hunt. 
 
Tips for a successful season:
Should I consider exchanging my tag or return my special permit for point restoration?
 
Current rule allows hunters to exchange* current tags for seasons and areas less likely to be affected by emergency land closures.
 
You can exchange your tag if:
  • The season for which the tag was issued has not opened, and
  • You did not apply for a special hunt, and
  • You must request a tag exchange by the deadlines listed below:
    • Archery tags – before Sept. 1
    • Muzzleloader tags – before Sept. 20
    • Modern firearm tags – before Oct. 10.
*Tag exchange under WAC 220-220-100 (5) & (6)
 
You may also return your special permit and have your points restored.
(WAC 220-412-080 (4))
  • If you choose to return your permit, you must return it two weeks prior to the season starting. We will restore your preference points for that hunt category but will not refund your application or license fees.
  • Please note that if you choose to turn in your permit, but then fire conditions improve, we cannot return the permit back to you.
 
         If you decide to return your permit, simply mail it to: 
         WDFW – Point Restoration 
         P.O. Box 43141 
         Olympia, WA 98504-3141 
Current restrictions
 
Western Washington
  • All outdoor burning, recreational fires, campfires, prescribed burns, and use of charcoal briquettes is prohibited on state-managed lands in Western Washington.
 
Eastern Washington
  • All recreation and public access to DNR-managed lands in Eastern Washington was temporarily closed on July 23, 2021 and lasting until fire conditions improve. Learn more. 
  • All WDFW-managed lands in Eastern Washington are open for day-use only until further notice. That includes water access areas within wildlife areas, except for a few that remain open to 24-hour use. Water access areas located outside of wildlife areas that allow overnight camping remain open 24 hours. Learn more. In addition:
    • Smoking is prohibited, except in an enclosed vehicle. 
    • The discharge of firearms for target shooting or other purposes is not allowed by anyone not engaged in lawful hunting.
    • Welding and operating chainsaws, including the use of an acetylene torch or other open flame, is not allowed.
    • Operating a motor vehicle away from developed roads is prohibited. Parking is permitted within designated parking areas, including developed campgrounds and trailheads, and in areas without vegetation that are within 10 feet of roadways.
 
State land managers will meet weekly to assess the possibility for further closures or reopening. Current closures apply to both motorized and non-motorized uses. WDFW may also implement smaller area-specific road or other closures as necessary.
 
Read the latest news release for more details. 
Contact us
 
Have questions about point restoration?
Call 360-902-2515 or email
 
Have questions on tag exchange?
Call 360-902-2464 or email