in Washington State can be an adrenaline pumping sport; it brings friends and
family together for some quality bonding time, and a chance to escape from daily
life. All hunters in the state must have a current hunting license along with
tags and permits for the species they plan to hunt.
Anyone wanting to hunt in the State of Washington
must show proof that they have completed a hunter education class the first
time they purchase a hunting license. If they have purchased a license in
the past, their information is stored in the computer's network and becomes
legal proof that the person has completed the class. There is no minimum age
requirement to enroll in hunter education classes, but if the student is 12
years old or younger the instruction may require their parent or guardian
to attend the classes too. Hunter education classes focus on firearms, outdoor
safety, wildlife management, and hunter responsibilities. Classes can last
anywhere from 4-6 days with a total of 16+ hours of class time. Students must
pass a written test at the end of the week to complete the hunter education
class and be eligible for a hunting license. The Department of Fish and Wildlife
certifies all instructors of hunter education classes.
Persons wishing to hunt big game during archery season must use a bow that has at least 40 pounds measured at 28 inches or less draw length or a greater than 65% let off in holding weight at full draw. All hunting arrows must have a minimum length of 20 inches, weigh less than six grains per pound of draw weight, and have a minimum arrow weight of 300 grains. It is illegal to have any firearm in your possession while hunting during archery season.
Hunter orange, also known as blaze or florescent orange, is required to be worn by all hunters during most hunting seasons. A minimum of 400 square inches must be worn on the exterior clothing of a hunter. The orange must be worn above the waist and be visible from all directions.
Hunting is one way to get outside and enjoy the great outdoors with friends and family. Everyone must realize that hunting is a privilege and not a right. Anyone who does not follow hunting laws could lose their license and receive multiple fines. Have fun and hunt safely.