Basics of Hunting Washington (Beginner Walkthrough) | 2021 Big Game Edition

Basics of Hunting Washington (Beginner Walkthrough) | 2021 Big Game Edition

In this video, I walk through the basics of understanding Big Game hunting in Washington State. This is NOT intended to replace the regulation pamphlet, but rather to help you better understand it. It is your responsibility to fully know the rules and regulations prior to going hunting.


Deer Special Permits:
Elk Special Permits:

00:00 Introduction
00:31 Hunter Education Course & Deferral Program
03:16 General Hunts vs. Special Hunts
06:34 Resident vs Nonresident
07:17 Big Game General Hunts
08:20 License Purchasing Process
13:11 What Deer species is your General Deer Tag is good for?
13:50 Minimum rifle caliber for big game hunting in Washington
14:54 What caliber/cartridge should you buy?
16:22 Table of Contents for Regulations
18:21 General Deer (& Elk) Hunting Information & Regulations
36:17 General Fall Black Bear Hunting Information & Regulations
41:54 General Cougar Hunting Information & Regulations
45:25 Big Game Hunter Orange Regulations
49:22 Dissecting Washington on On X Maps
54:25 Where to find Bears and Cougars on On X Maps
54:58 Where to find Deer on On X Maps
57:04 Public vs. Private Property on On X Maps
01:00:24 What Public Land Can I Hunt on?
01:01:45 Public Access Properties (NOT Public Land?)
01:04:32 Choosing a Spot to Hunt with On X Maps
01:12:35 Closure

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  1. Treylard on August 7, 2022 at 3:21 am

    Always wanted to go hunting since i was a kid never had a group or a guide.. any reccomendations on how to get a group together or someone to show me the ropes first hand?…great video!

  2. Robert M on August 7, 2022 at 3:21 am

    you helped me out alot! great vid and explanation. going to WA (west) for elk this year for the first time and this is a great jumping off point. hats off to you bro!

  3. madtownangler on August 7, 2022 at 3:22 am

    In Wisconsin you have to take a hunters education course if you were born after 1973. I was born in 1972 so I got lucky. But…..

    When I started deer hunting you had to have a hunters education course If you wanted to hunt before you were in high school so I took it with my dad and when I graduated I got an automatic doe and buck tag of which I could shoot one of the two.

    So basically the first year you could shoot either or to hopefully get a deer no matter what.

    I also see that a 3 point deer is what we call a 4 pointer here.

  4. Saul on August 7, 2022 at 3:25 am

    You’re a national treasure and state treasure man.

  5. Casey Johnston on August 7, 2022 at 3:25 am

    Ya I did not know about the elk tag thing I got my big game small game combo last night then wile reading I realized I’m stuck rifle hunting elk on the west side and my old boss I wanted to go with hunts the east lol better luck next year I scored that one right off the gate . It was definitely difrent then just getting a bear tag so I was not expecting all the questions what wair and with what lol .thanks for the vid looking forward to you and your family throwing up some good vids this year thanks to you all

  6. sang huynh on August 7, 2022 at 3:26 am

    Perfect video for someone like me who has no friends or family that hunt. Thanks!

  7. Daniel Harp on August 7, 2022 at 3:26 am

    I feel like I should have a certificate of proficiency after watching your content. Great job man. I grew up near Seattle but live in SW WA now. Cheers!

  8. Dom Hernandez on August 7, 2022 at 3:30 am

    Is western wa better or worse for hunting

  9. DV Shong on August 7, 2022 at 3:31 am

    This is really good. Thank you!

  10. David Howarth on August 7, 2022 at 3:32 am

    Are you allowed to use 223 hunting in WA state?

  11. James Armstrong on August 7, 2022 at 3:35 am

    Good job I’ve been hunting all my life and still learn some things thanks

  12. nickgg2590 on August 7, 2022 at 3:35 am

    So if I want to buy a permit for public access, I’d I heard you correctly, I just contact the local biologist?

  13. Kaynen Brown on August 7, 2022 at 3:36 am

    This was such a huge help!! I was born in Washington state (tri cities), but raised in Vegas and I’m wanting to learn how to get into the hunting world. Thank you for this video.

  14. Chad S on August 7, 2022 at 3:37 am

    5 years not one animal. Hopefully this will be my year come November. Olympics are rough area

  15. FJC Outdoors on August 7, 2022 at 3:37 am

    Well done sir. Really helpful video content. Thank you very much for sharing your knowledge. I am just a new hunter and this will be my first time hunting season. I just have one question, in your hunting experience what specific GMU number can you recommend for deer hunting in Eastern Washington that has a potential high chance of harvest success and that can also be easily accessible for a NON- 4×4 vehicle. Thank you

  16. Richard Clemens on August 7, 2022 at 3:39 am

    So is the hunter Saftey course for both bow and rifle?

  17. Trevor Gomez on August 7, 2022 at 3:40 am

    Great video Samong, way to share experience with the new hunters. You’re a class act young man!

  18. jeremy miller on August 7, 2022 at 3:41 am

    Thank you for this intensive but simple guide! I’m a newer hunter, I’ve gone out a few times sporadically, but now both my kids are old enough and my wife isn’t pregnant I plan on going again year after year. Hopefully no longer get skunked! Lol

  19. Shawn Doyle on August 7, 2022 at 3:42 am

    This large company you speak of has a ton of small print and BS to go along with their permit… rather unfortunate they have been paying a reduced property tax rate for allowing the public access to their land… time for a change…. charge them full tax rate

  20. Luis Rivera on August 7, 2022 at 3:42 am

    Thank you man!! This video is perfect and right on time. Thank you for taking the time to do this. WDFW should give you a recognition @TheWDFW

  21. John Hopkins on August 7, 2022 at 3:42 am

    Thank you

  22. M qwafasedkjhhjhiugo8viuvytucyu on August 7, 2022 at 3:43 am

    any top spots for public deer hunts? i want to go but there are so many options and im not sure which are actually productive

  23. Baldo 509 on August 7, 2022 at 3:50 am

    New Hunter this video shows me alot thanks bud.

  24. TerpedUP87 on August 7, 2022 at 3:52 am

    If I’m bow hunting for the first time, do I need to do the hunter Ed course and the bow hunting Ed course? And if I live in California, will that hunter Ed course work for other states ?

  25. Robert Yabut on August 7, 2022 at 3:54 am

    Thank you. This is very useful for someone like me who wants to start hunting next year as a resident of WA.

  26. Mopar Doctor on August 7, 2022 at 3:55 am

    What about the multi season permits? Can you hunt any weapon any season?

  27. FishNY on August 7, 2022 at 3:55 am

    Damn… I really need someone to do this in New York…

  28. Toxy on August 7, 2022 at 3:55 am

    Hey buddy, thanks for making this! I just completed my hunter safety course and picked up a meat-eater edition weatherby. Was looking for some noob-hunter info and you answered a bunch of questions, well done!

  29. Gabriel Sanchez on August 7, 2022 at 3:57 am

    Thanks. Finally something easy to follow. Much appreciated

  30. newlife ly on August 7, 2022 at 3:57 am

    Good job Brother.

  31. El Oso on August 7, 2022 at 3:58 am

    What a great job. Should be a required course.

  32. petr ponomarv on August 7, 2022 at 3:58 am

    Thanks for making this video. Very helpful

  33. Anthony Moore on August 7, 2022 at 3:58 am

    Very well put. thank you for explaining Samong

  34. ZR1DADDY on August 7, 2022 at 3:58 am

    You have no idea how helpful this was. Thank you!

  35. Alex Kravchik on August 7, 2022 at 3:58 am

    Please, cover upland birds hunting!

  36. Aaron Wilcox on August 7, 2022 at 4:01 am

    Past few years there’s been an immense amount of Washington people coming into Idaho. There’s so many of them that I questioned if they even had a hunting season in Washington.

  37. F T on August 7, 2022 at 4:02 am

    Is there any chance that I could go on a journey with you? Hunting, fishing, hiking, camping or anything I’ll be up for it. Thank you! Fong

  38. David Buenning on August 7, 2022 at 4:04 am

    Great info! I’m heading to Washington for archery elk because I didn’t draw a tag in New Mexico.

  39. J C on August 7, 2022 at 4:04 am

    Do some field dressing game meat tutorials

  40. garfieldwithissuez on August 7, 2022 at 4:06 am

    Wow down in Texas I hunt white tail with .223 all the time. I’ve killed like 50 deer in the last decade without any issue. My dad has used 30.06 for the last 60 years and at least once a year has to go track his deer down after hitting it. I have never had to walk more than 20 feet or so from where it was standing when I shot it.

  41. Big Tot99 on August 7, 2022 at 4:10 am

    Thank you this video helped me out a lot, good luck this season 👍

  42. Yuri Y on August 7, 2022 at 4:11 am

    Been waiting for something like this. I’ve been doing my own research and first time
    Hunter here, so I am excited to dive in! :)) ty so much for this.

  43. Heritage 4x4 on August 7, 2022 at 4:12 am

    Awesome video. Thank you !

  44. jobento Tala on August 7, 2022 at 4:13 am

    Super helpful! Thank you for taking the time to make this video! I’m new to hunting and all this information is valuable! Great job!

  45. BillyBoi on August 7, 2022 at 4:13 am

    Awesome video man thank you for the awesome info

  46. BlueWave5 on August 7, 2022 at 4:13 am

    Thanks for dropping that knowledge. You are amazing and so well versed in explanations!!! 🙏

  47. Chris S on August 7, 2022 at 4:15 am

    Bro thank you so much. Doing good work for us.

  48. Kelly Covey on August 7, 2022 at 4:15 am

    What’s wrong with a 30-30?

  49. Finn Troll on August 7, 2022 at 4:16 am

    Great Video

  50. SAIDER206 on August 7, 2022 at 4:19 am

    Can you cross through private land to reach BLM land that’s not reachable by car or foot?

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