Members of National, State Guard Can Qualify for Free Hunting Licenses in Washington

Washington State Capitol Building
Washington State Capitol Building
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife

Olympia, WA -( Members of the Washington National Guard and the Washington State Guard who meet state residency and other requirements can qualify for free hunting licenses under a new law that took effect this week.

A free license package to hunt big game, small game, and migratory waterfowl is now available to active, full-time members of the National and State Guard, and to those who participate in drill training with these military units on a part-time basis.

Sponsored by Rep. Brian Blake of Aberdeen, the special licensing offer won unanimous approval by state Legislature and was signed into law by Gov. Inslee earlier this year.

“I think the new license option is a great way to thank Washington Guard members for their service and encourage them to stay in and serve,” said Maj. Steve Beecroft, one of the first National Guard members to apply this week at the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) office in Olympia.

Those interested in receiving the free licensing package must submit a printed application to WDFW along with:

  • Verification of their military service.
  • A copy of their Washington State driver’s license to verify state residency.
  • A copy of their hunter education certificate, unless they were born before Jan. 1, 1972, or have previously purchased a Washington hunting license. WDFW also accepts hunter education certifications from other states.

Application forms and additional information about the free licensing option are available on WDFW’s website at

About WDFW:

WDFW is dedicated to preserving, protecting and perpetuating the state’s fish and wildlife resources. The department operates under a dual mandate from the Washington Legislature to: Protect and enhance fish and wildlife and their habitats. Provide sustainable, fish- and wildlife-related recreational and commercial opportunities.

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