Regulations & Seasons
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2018-2020 Hunting Season Setting Process

As outlined in the timeline below, there will be several opportunities for you to provide your input throughout the process. Your first opportunity to participate will be in late-July. The department has asked for your help identifying the major issues that are important to you for the next three-year hunting season cycle.

Watch this website for regular updates on the season-setting process. We will also be communicating directly via email to hunters who have purchased a license within the last couple of years. If you have not recently purchased a hunting license but would like to receive email notifications of news and upcoming events, we encourage you to subscribe to our e-mail distribution lists.

Season Setting Timeline:

Regions Submit 3-Year Hunting Season Setting Ideas: May – June 2017

WDFW Regions submit 2018-2020 three-year Hunting Season Setting ideas. Regional ideas will be incorporated with ideas received from the public since the last 3-year hunting season setting process. The public has an opportunity to submit new ideas through a survey conducted mid-July through August.

Formulate Recommendations and Alternatives: July – August 2017

Members of the public will have an opportunity to give comment that would help shape the 2018-2020 hunting seasons at a series of public "open house" meetings planned by the department in July and August. The public can also provide online comments from July 17, 2017 through August 31, 2017. Public comments received at the meetings and through the survey will help the department understand the level of support for the proposed hunting regulations for 2018-20. The department wants to hear concerns, especially those that address a significant conservation or management issue.

Public Comment Period: July 17, 2017 - August 31, 2017

Following public comment, department staff members will develop recommendations for consideration by the Fish and Wildlife Commission in March and adoption in April 2018. These recommendations will be based on the biological needs of a species and the social need of the public gathered through the comment period.

Public Comment on specific rule proposals will happen in February 2018