Cougar season is set to begin on September 1 in Washington, and this year, bow hunters will be taking the first shots.
According to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW), under new rules, cougar hunting will begin with a statewide archery-only season September 1-25, followed by a muzzleloader-only season September 26-October 16, and beginning October 17, hunters may use any legal weapon to target cougars in most areas of the state.
In the past, hunters were allowed to use any legal weapon beginning August 1; however, the changes were adopted to better match cougar hunting with the early elk and deer seasons, said WDFW officials.
“We want to offer all hunters a fair opportunity to hunt cougar in the state and maintain harvestable levels,” WDFW said. “Removing cougar hunting from a portion of the deer season will help us further test the management benefits of the pilot hound season.”
Details on the 2009 cougar season are available in WDFW’s Big Game Hunting pamphlet.