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Hunting highlights – February 2021
Monthly recreation opportunities by region

Elevate your hunting this year with WDFW

Read on for monthly look at seasons and planning resources

Though the new year is young, it’s never too early to start thinking of the hunts ahead, so WDFW put together this monthly calendar of upcoming hunting seasons. Have a look to help your hunt planning, daydreaming, and maybe find a new adventure to try this year!

(Exact dates aren’t used here because season-setting is an ongoing process at this time. See regulation pamphlets later this year for specific dates and details on youth, veterans, and active military hunts.)

MonthWhat’s in season
JanuaryElk; cougar; pheasant, quail, chukar, and gray partridge (Eastern Washington); duck; coot; snipe; goose; bobcat; fox; raccoon; rabbit/hare; coyote; furbearer trapping
FebruaryCougar; duck, goose, and coot (youth, veterans, active military); bobcat; fox; raccoon; rabbit/hare; coyote; furbearer trapping
MarchCougar, goose, bobcat, fox, raccoon, rabbit/hare, coyote, furbearer trapping
AprilCougar, turkey, coyote
MayTurkey, coyote
JuneCoyote
JulyCoyote
AugustElk, bear, coyote
SeptemberDeer; elk; bear; cougar; turkey; pheasant; forest grouse; quail; mountain quail (Western Washington); duck and coot (Western Washington youth); goose; band-tailed pigeon; mourning dove; bobcat; fox; raccoon; rabbit/hare; crow; coyote
OctoberDeer; elk; bear; cougar; turkey; pheasant; forest grouse; quail; chukar and gray partridge (Eastern Washington); mountain quail (Western Washington); duck and coot (Eastern Washington youth and statewide); snipe; goose; mourning dove; bobcat; fox; raccoon; rabbit/hare; crow; coyote
NovemberDeer; elk; bear; cougar; turkey; pheasant; forest grouse; quail; chukar and gray partridge (Eastern Washington); mountain quail (Western Washington); duck; coot; snipe; goose; bobcat; fox; raccoon; rabbit/hare; crow; coyote; furbearer trapping
DecemberDeer; elk; cougar; turkey; quail, chukar, and gray partridge (Eastern Washington); pheasant; forest grouse; duck; coot; snipe; goose; bobcat; fox; raccoon; rabbit/hare; crow; coyote; furbearer trapping
Alex with her first turkey. (Alex Biswas/WDFW)


First archery deer. (Melissa Yeisley)


The more you know

As you think about what hunts to undertake this year, remember that WDFW has plenty of information on how and where to get out there:

Licenses

If you haven’t already, you can buy your license today by calling 360-902-2464, visiting mywdfw.com, or going to a license dealer near you. Go to wdfw.wa.gov/licenses/dealers to find your nearest license dealer.

Responsible recreation

When scouting and hunting, please recreate responsibly amid the coronavirus pandemic by following social distancing guidelines from state and local health authorities.

Kelly Riordan and Abbey Ryle walk out for a spring turkey hunt. (Tom Ryle/WDFW)


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