Current hunting, fishing licenses will expire at end of the month

Staff reportMarch 23, 2014 

With the spring season of outdoor adventures about to begin, Washington residents might want to consider purchasing 2014-15 fishing and hunting licenses before current licenses expire at midnight March 31.

“We encourage people to renew their fishing and hunting licenses early, so they can take advantage of all the great recreational opportunities available throughout the year,” Bill Joplin, licensing manager for the state Department of Fish and Wildlife, said in a news release. “There’s no advantage in waiting and letting those opportunities slip by.”

The cost of fishing and hunting licenses remains the same as last year. All fees included, a resident adult freshwater fishing license will cost $29.50; a saltwater license is $30.05; shellfish/seaweed is $16.30; and a combination license is $54.25.

Resident hunting licenses vary with package options, ranging from a small-game license at $40.50 to a deer/elk/cougar/bear combination license for $95.50.

Most annual licenses include an agency vehicle-access pass, which gives the bearer access to more than 700 department-managed water access sites throughout the state. Or, for $35, individuals can purchase an annual Discover Pass, which also provides vehicle access to state parks and other state lands.

Fishing licenses, hunting licenses and the Discover Pass are all available online at, by phone at 866-246-9453 and from license dealers around the state.

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