Hunter Access Programs
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife reaches agreements with private landowners to allow the public access to their property. These agreements are typically for hunting, although can also include other outdoor recreation such as fishing. While the majority of lands currently in the program are farming and ranching lands, industrial timberlands are also made available through the program.
Four main types of landowner agreements are used, including:
* Feel Free To Hunt: lands are open without gaining further permission from the landowner.
* Register To Hunt: lands are open to hunting, but require the hunter to sign in before hunting and sign out afterward.
* Hunt By Written Permission: lands open to public hunting, but hunters are required to contact the landowner and obtain a permission slip prior to going afield.
* Landowner Hunting Permits: lands open to public hunting through a special permit specially allocated to the landowner and distributed to hunters via a random drawing.
(Click the links above to see access programs in that state.)
This program has a manual or plan:
This program is evaluated:
Program has been evaluated and prioritized internally. Focus areas have been developed and vetted with hunting advisory groups. Random surveys have been conducted to evaluate public opinion of access programs and what they provide. Annual evaluations of the Hunt By Written Permission program are conducted.
Minimum Property Size:
Access Sites (rights of way) Established:
Number of Hunters Participating:
Number of Landowners Participating:
Other Program Size Information:
out of the 1,237,000 acres in the program, 517,000 are in Feel Free to Hunt, 577,000 in Hunt by Written Permission, 16,000 in Register to Hunt, and 126,000 are in the Landowner Hunting Permit program.