[7/1/19] Master Hunter Program

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Washington’s Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is inviting new applicants to join the ranks of 1,650 certified master hunters across the state.

WDFW administers the Master Hunter Permit Program to skilled volunteers who are willing to aid department efforts by taking part in  controlled hunts to remove wildlife that damage property.

“To qualify for the program, applicants must demonstrate a high skill level and be committed to lawful and ethical hunting practices,” said David Whipple, WDFW hunter education division manager. 

WDFW is opening its Master Hunter Permit Program to new applicants. The program is designed to promote safe, lawful, and ethical hunting, and to strengthen Washington’s hunting heritage and conservation ethic.

To enroll in the program, hunters must:

  • pay a $50 application fee
  • pass a criminal background check
  • pass a written test
  • demonstrate shooting proficiency
  • provide at least 20 hours of approved volunteer service
  • and meet other qualifications described on WDFW’s website

Below is a link to that website: