Time to apply for master hunter program

HUNTING — The Washington Fish and Wildlife Department's Master Hunter Program is accepting applications through Feb. 15.

Applicants who complete the requirements and skill testing and demonstrate a commitment to ethical hunting practices qualify for special hunting privileges. 

The agency offers Master Hunters special big-game permit drawings and enlists Master Hunters to participate in controlled hunts to remove problem animals that damage property or threaten public safety.

Applicants must pass a criminal background check, sign a Master Hunter Code of Ethics form and provide at least 20 hours of volunteer service on projects that benefit the state’s wildlife resources. They must also pass an extensive written exam based upon the program’s curriculum.

To enroll in the Master Hunter Permit Program, download and fill out the Master Hunter Permit Application form. Mail the completed application, with the $50 application fee payable by check to: WDFW Master Hunter, to the address listed on the application form.

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