Statewide Shooting Ban Lifted on WDFW Lands


Olympia, WA – The Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) has lifted target shooting restrictions on WDFW lands due to cooler temperatures, higher humidity and the reduction of wildfire danger.

The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has lifted a similar target shooting ban on lands managed by DNR.

“These changes reflect an easing of fire danger, but we still urge anyone heading outdoors this fall to be extremely cautious while participating in any activity that could spark a wildfire,” said Cynthia Wilkerson, manager of the WDFW Lands Division.

Target shooters should remain vigilant and avoid shooting into tall dry grass where sparks could start a fire. Discharge of a firearm for legal hunting remains permitted on all WDFW lands according to a press release.

Although the risk of sparking a wildfire is lower, the wildfire season is not over. Wilkerson noted that other restrictions remain in place on WDFW-managed properties in Eastern Washington.

Visit the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife Website for further information on restrictions in Eastern Washington. Click here to be taken there now. 

More information about fires and fire prevention is available online from the Washington Department of Natural Resources and the U.S. Forest Service. 

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