Hunting Pheasants and Upland Birds on Public Lands In Washington State
There are many places to hunt upland birds in Washington. In Washington we are blessed to have Pheasant, Forrest and Blue Grouse, Hungarian Partridge, Chukar and Quail.
There are Public Lands that are regulated by 4 different Government Agencies. They are The BLM, The Forrest Service, The Dept. Of Natural Resources and Washington State.
The Chukar and Grouse are mostly on BLM and Forrest Service Land. The Dept of Natural Resources has some land that holds some of these same birds. It is advisable to check with the DNR to find out which lands are best. There are Maps available from all of these agencies that show roads, campsites and access. But you must go to their Area Office to get the good maps.
The Washington State lands are the most complex and they do include some Private lands. The first one is; All State Owned or Leased Land is Marked with a “Feel Free To Hunt” Sign. These Signs are Green.
The Second is; Private Land but available for hunting. These lands are marked by a Yellow “Hunting by Permission” They will have a phone number; call the number and get directions on how to obtain the “Blue Permission Slip” to hunt that land.
The Third is; The Kiosk Program. This is Land that has a “Registration Booth” where you sign a book for each member of your group. The “Blue Permission Slip” is there just fill it out and you are set to go. Note: These places sometimes have limits on how many hunters can be in the field at one time. Please observe these Restrictions as posted. There are not too many of these hunting sites around the state.
The State Land Programs I am told are all on their WDFW Website. Go to the “GO HUNT” section and search the Maps. The information for your area should be there. These state Programs are mostly state wide. There are some differences for the Western Part of Washington. Check your Hunting Regulations when they are published for those differences.
The links for the various agencies that regulate public hunting lands in the state of Washington are listed below. Good Hunting.
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