Hunting In Washington


Washington has several different types of terrain and climates that create a great variety of opportunity for hunters. In the western forest region, the focus is mainly on the big game such as deer, elk and bear. For a more unique experience the state offers seasons on Mountain Goat, Cougar, or even Moose. For the bird hunter, turkey, partridge, chuckar, waterfowl, and pheasant hunting is available.



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Below are some of the featured public hunting listings in the state of Washington that are available on HLRBO as well as contact information for the Department of Natural Resources in Washington should you have any questions about regulations or licensing.



Washington Featured Listings


Tennant Lake Unit
5250 Hovander Rd
Ferndale, WA 98248

The 360-acre Tennant Lake unit, about one mile southeast of Ferndale, is mostly in the floodplain of the Nooksack River. Some of the lower portions flood annually. Tennant Lake itself is an 80-acre, shallow, peat-bog lake. One half mile south of this lake is Claypit Pond, formed as clay was dug up to manufacture brick and glass (prior to WDFW ownership). Fairly extensive swamp/marsh areas occur adjacent to both lakes. Initially the area was primarily managed for waterfowl and deer hunting, and spiny-ray fishing. There is now also an interpretive center and scent garden for the blind, an observation tower, upland interpretive trail, an elevated wetland boardwalk trail, and a boat launch on the Nooksack River. These improvements, along with WDFW staff at the interpretive center, provide important recreational and educational opportunities for school districts and general visitors.
360 Acres



Pine Lake Unit
Pine and Cedar Lakes Trail
Bellingham, WA 98229

The 140-acre Pine Lake unit is several miles south of Bellingham on Chuckanut Mountain. A steep 2.5-mile trail leads to these two lowland mountain lakes, situated above 1,200 feet. The property is mostly wooded, with open water and wetlands at the lakes. WDFW stocks the lakes with 500-1,000 coastal cutthroat trout fry per lake every spring. The trail to the lakes is popular, and is hiked year round for fishing as well as for the views at the top. Rustic camping is allowed at both lakes, but no campfires are permitted. Horseback riding and bicycles are not allowed due to the wetland conditions at both lakes. The Whatcom County Parks Department maintains the parking area and toilet facility at the trailhead and the trail to the lakes. This trail connects with other hiking and mountain bike trails as part of the county�s Chuckanut Mountain trail system.
140 Acres



Nooksack Unit
Nooksack Unit
Tennant Lake, WA 98248

The 627-acre Nooksack unit extends from the Nooksack River estuary north to Slater Road, where it meets the Tennant Lake unit. It was purchased to protect critical salmonid and waterfowl habitat. Together with the Tennant Lake unit, it protects the eastern bank of the Nooksack River from its mouth to Ferndale, as well as most of Tennant and Silver creeks. A dike along the east bank currently protects previously farmed lowlands from flooding. The unit is being replanted with native riparian vegetation, and tidally influenced habitats are being restored for salmon and waterfowl. A dike-top trail runs along the Nooksack River. Approximately 100 acres of corn planted annually, with 10% of crop left standing in field over as winter waterfowl forage.
627 Acres



Washington DNR Information


WA State DNR

Address: 1111 Washington St. SE
Olympia, WA  98501

Phone #: 360-902-2200
Website: http://wdfw.wa.gov/hunting/


Washington Hunter Safety Course


Hunter safety courses are required in most states in order to purchase a hunting license. Follow the link below to take a certified hunter safety course online for Washington.

Washington Hunter Safety Course