Washington Muzzleloader Hunting Season

During the Washington Muzzleloader Hunting Season, Definitions of a Muzzleloader: A firearm that is loaded from the muzzle and uses black powder or a black powder substitute as recommended by the manufacturer for use in all muzzleloading firearms. A muzzleloading firearm shall be considered loaded if a powder charge and a projectile, either shot or single projectile are in the barrel and the barrel or breech is capped or primed. It is unlawful to hunt wildlife using a muzzleloading firearm that does not meet the following specifications.

Washington Muzzleloader Hunting Season Regulation

Deer: Muzzleloader

Hunt
Area
2017 Dates Game Management
Units (GMUs)
Legal
Deer
High Buck Hunts
(See page 97 for information on U.S. Forest Servive maps.)
Sept. 15 – 25 Alpine Lakes, Mount Baker, Glacier Peak, Pasayten, All Wilderness Areas on the Olympic Peninsula, Henry Jackson Wilderness Areas, and Lake Chelan Recreation Area 3 pt. min.
Early Muzzleloader General Deer Seasons
Black-tailed Deer Sept. 30 – Oct. 8 407, 418, 426, 437, 448, 450, 501, 503, 504, 505, 506a, 510, 513, 516, 520, 530ad, 550, 554, 560, 568, 572, 574, 603, 607, 612, 615, 624 (except Deer Area 6020), 636, 638, 642, 648, 660, 663, 672, 673 Any buck
410-417, 419-422, 454, 564a*, 627, 652, 655, 666, 684d, and Deer Area 6020 Any deer
578d 3 pt. min.
White-tailed Deer Sept. 30 – Oct. 8 101, 105, 108, 111, 113, 117d, 121, 203, 204, 209, 215, 231, 233, 239, 242-246, 248, 250, 251, 260, 272, 278d, 284 Any buck
124 Any deer
127, 142, 145, 149d 3 pt. min. or antlerless
130, 133, 136, 139, 175, 181, 186 3 pt. min.
373d, 379d Any deer
Mule Deer Sept. 30 – Oct. 8 101-145, 149d, 175, 181, 186, 203, 204, 209, 215, 231, 233, 239, 242-246, 248, 250, 251, 254, 260, 262, 266, 269, 272, 278d, 284, 328, 330-342, 352-368, 373d, 379d 3 pt. min.
Deer Areas 3334 and 3372 3 pt. min. or antlerless
Late Muzzleloader General Deer Seasons
Black-tailed Deer Nov. 22 – Dec. 15 407, 410-417, 419-422, 454, 504, 564a*, 633, 666, 684d, Deer Area 6020 Any deer
448, 460, 501, 602, 621, 651, 654, 658, 667, 673 Any buck
White-tailed Deer Nov. 22 – Dec. 8 113 Any buck
Nov. 25 – Dec. 8 130, 133, 136, 139 3 pt. min. or antlerless
Nov. 20 – Dec. 8 172 (except Deer Area 1040), 181 3 pt. min. or antlerless
Nov. 20 – 30 379d, 381 Any deer
Mule Deer Nov. 25 – Dec. 8 130 Antlerless
Nov. 20 – 30 381, Deer Area 3372 3 pt. min. or antlerless
379d, 382* (except Deer Area 5382) 3 pt. min.
a See Big Game Closures on page 87 of the Big Game Hunting Seasons and Regulations. Columbia White-tailed Deer (CWTD) have recently been transplanted to the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge and may now be found in GMU 564 – as a reminder CWTD cannot be harvested as they are protected state and federally listed endangered species. Please refer to page (16) for visual characteristic between white-tailed and black-tailed deer. If you have any questions please call the Ridgefield NWR Manager at 360-887-2122 or visit http://www.fws.gov/jbh/translocation.html.
d Visit http://www.fws.gov/ for information about hunting on U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service refuge lands.
* GMUs 372 and 382 are mainly private property. Hunters are advised to research ownership and access for hunting these units.

Washington Muzzleloader Hunting Season

Washington Muzzleloader Hunting Season Regulation

A muzzleloading shotgun or rifle must have a single or double barrel, rifled or smooth-bored A muzzleloading shotgun or rifle used for deer must be 40 caliber or larger Buckshot size #1 or larger may be used in a smoothbore of 60 caliber or larger for deer. A muzzleloading shotgun, rifle, or handgun used for all other big game must be 45 caliber or larger. Persons lawfully hunting small game with a double barrel, muzzleloading shotgun may keep both barrels loaded. A muzzleloading handgun must have a single or double barrel of at least eight inches, must be rifled, and must be capable of being loaded with forty-five grains or more of black powder or black powder substitute per the manufacturer’s recommendations. A muzzleloading handgun used for big game must be 45 caliber or larger.

A handgun designed to be used with black powder; including black powder percussion revolvers, can be used to hunt forest grouse, cottontail rabbits, and snowshoe hares. In addition to the above requirements, it is unlawful to participate (hunt) in a muzzleloading-hunting season using a firearm that does not meet the following specifications for a muzzleloader during the Washington Muzzleloader Hunting Season.

As in the past sabots are allowed Any type of projectile is allowed. A modern handgun may be carried for personal protection Modern handguns cannot be used to hunt big game or dispatch wounded big game during a big game hunting season for muzzleloading firearms a Ignition is to be wheel lock, matchlock, flintlock, or percussion using original style percussion caps that fit on the nipple and are exposed to the eather Exposed to the weather means the percussion cap or the frizzen must be visible and not capable of being enclosed by an integral part of the weapon proper Primers designed to be used in modern cartridges are not legal.

During the Washington Muzzleloader Hunting Season, Sights must be open, peep, or of other open sight design Fiber optic sights are legal Telescopic sights or sights containing glass are prohibited It is unlawful to have any electrical device or equipment attached to a muzzleloading firearm while hunting. Those persons lawfully hunting Big-game with a double barrel muzzleloader may only keep one barrel loaded.

Hunters with disabilities who meet the definition of being visually impaired in WAC 232-12-828 may receive a special use permit that would allow the use of scopes or other visual aids. A disabled hunter permit holder in possession of a special use permit that allows the use of a scope or visual aid may hunt game birds or game animals during muzzleloader seasons. Muzzleloading firearms used during a modern firearm season are not required to meet ignition, sight, or double barrel restrictions.

 

This information is subject to change, for more information visit: http://wdfw.wa.gov/index.html

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