A blue grouse hen perches on a pine bough.
Forest grouse hunting season starts later this year in order to conserve breeding hens and increase overall grouse abundance.

Start of forest grouse season delayed this year

Change aims to decrease hen harvest, boost hunting opportunity

The bird’s backstory

A male spruce grouse puts on a display while standing in the snow.
A male spruce grouse puts on a display from a frigid vantage point.

The science behind the change

The intent of this season change is to boost forest grouse abundance and availability to hunters over the long term.

A ruffed grouse surveys its surroundings.
A ruffed grouse surveys its surroundings.

Public comment

Other early season opportunities

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is dedicated to preserving, protecting and perpetuating the state’s fish and wildlife resources.