Washington

The 42nd state admitted to the Union, Washington features a diversity of landscapes from the towering skyscrapers of Seattle on the Puget sound, to temperate rainforests, high desert, and the iconic Mount Rainier. Washington has a strong sporting history, and its culture is deeply tied to the landscape, including many of the state’s largest industries such as commercial fishing, timber harvest, and livestock cultivation. The opportunity to swing up a steelhead on the famed Olympic Peninsula draws anglers from across the nation, as does the chance to pursue a mixed bag of species such as pheasants, ducks, wild turkey, elk, and cougar for hunters.

For more information on the elected officials protecting and promoting the sportsmen’s traditions in Washington, please contact:


Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus

Representative Dan Newhouse
Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers

Washington Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus Leadership

Senator Phil Fortunato
Senator Jesse Salomon
Representative Mari Leavitt
Representative Jim Walsh

News Alerts

Feb 20 2024 CSF Opposition Helps Defeat Fur Ban in Washington State

Why It Matters: Washington State relies heavily on licensed trappers to help manage and...

Jan 22 2024 State Firearms and Ammunition Excise Taxes Proposed in WA & NM

Why It Matters: Law-abiding hunters and recreational shooters have long played a vital role...

Dec 04 2023 Anti-sporting Interest File Appeal on WDFW Commission’s Denial of Wolf Rulemaking Petition

Why it Matters: The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) Commission denied a...

Nov 13 2023 Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Commission Denies Wolf Rulemaking Petition

Why It Matters: A petition to initiate rulemaking around wolf-livestock conflict was taken into...

Oct 23 2023 Wildlife as Stakeholders? The Latest Debate before the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Commission

Why It Matters: The sportsmen’s community in Washington State has supported WDFW’s conservation efforts...

May 01 2023 Governor Inslee Signs Modern Sporting Rifle Ban into Law in Washington

Why It matters: House Bill 1240, as signed into law, bans many semi-automatic firearms...

Mar 20 2023 Modern Sporting Rifle Ban Moving through Washington Legislature

Why It Matters: House Bill 1240 seeks to ban many semi-automatic firearms commonly used...

Feb 06 2023 Washington Sportsmen and Women Introduce Legislation to Improve Commission Appointment Process

Why It Matters: Washington’s hunters, anglers, and trappers have long played a vital role...

Dec 19 2022 Legislation to Ban Modern Sporting Rifles to be Re-Introduced in Washington

Why It Matters: Senate Bill 5217, and the expected reintroduced version, seeks to ban...

Oct 03 2022 Washington Sportsmen Unite Under New Coalition; CSF’s Pacific States Manager Elected as Co-Chair

Why It Matters: Washington’s hunters, anglers, and trappers have long played a vital role...

Aug 16 2021 Washington Sportsmen’s Caucus Hosts Bipartisan Columbia River Fishing Trips

On August 7, the Washington Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus in partnership with the Congressional Sportsmen’s...

Oct 26 2020 CSF and CCA Request Re-Evaluation of Recreational Fishing Closure on Skokomish River in Washington

Contact: Aoibheann Cline, Western States CoordinatorOn October 15, the Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation (CSF) and...

Apr 06 2020 Washington: CSF Encourages Open Public Lands and Hunting and Fishing Seasons Amidst Closures

Contact: Aoibheann Cline, Western States CoordinatorThe COVID-19 pandemic has had far-reaching effects beyond health concerns...

Feb 18 2020 Washington: Warm Water Fishing Advisory Group Bill Advances in the Senate

Contact: Aoibheann Cline, Western States Coordinator Warm water anglers have received good news when it...

Oct 28 2019 Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Opens 6,638 Acres of Forest for Private Land Hunting

Contact: Aoibheann Cline, Western States CoordinatorThe Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife’s (WDFW) Private...

Oct 21 2019 Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation Attends American Sportfishing Association’s Sportfishing Summit

Contact: Aoibheann Cline, Western States CoordinatorFrom October 8-11, Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation (CSF) Western States...

Oct 15 2019 Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Seeking Candidates for Wolf and Puget Sound Sport Fishing Advisory Councils

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is seeking candidates to serve on...

Jul 22 2019 Washington: Department of Fish and Wildlife Seeking Applicants for the Game Management Advisory Council

Contact: Aoibheann Cline, Western States CoordinatorThe Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is...

Apr 29 2019 Washington: Sportsmen’s Caucus Hosts Annual Shootout at Littlerock

Contact: Aoibheann Cline, Western States CoordinatorOn April 18th, the Washington Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus hosted...

Aug 17 2017 Washington: CSF Hosts Western Policy Forum

On August 14, the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation (CSF) hosted a half-day policy forum and...

Aug 10 2017 Washington: Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation to Host Western Policy Forum

On August 14, the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation will host a half-day policy forum and...

May 18 2017 Washington: Bill to Increase Access to Private Lands Signed Into Law

On May 8, Washington House Bill 1464, a bill that would encourage private landowners to...

Mar 16 2017 Washington: Sportsmen’s Caucus Hosts Annual Shootout at Littlerock

On March 14, the Washington Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus hosted its semi-annual sportsmen’s Q&A and...

Mar 02 2017 Washington: Bill to Increase Access to Private Lands Passes House

On February 27, Washington House Bill 1464, a bill that would encourage private landowners...

Feb 25 2016 Washington Sportsmen’s Caucus Hosts Fish-in at the Capitol

On February 15, the Washington Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus hosted the first “Fish-in at the...

Feb 25 2016 Washington Sportsmen’s Caucus Hosts Annual Shoot-Out at Littlerock

On February 23, the Washington Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus hosted its semi-annual sportsmen’s advisory board...

Nov 05 2015 Angling Groups Comment on Conservation, Recreation Priorities in Washington State

On October 31, the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation (CSF), American Sportfishing Association (ASA), B.A.S.S., and...

Mar 19 2015 Washington Sportsmen’s Caucus Hosts Shootout at Littlerock

On March 17, Chair Senator Pam Roach, and members of the Washington Legislative Sportsmen’s...

Jan 29 2015 CSF Comments on Puget Sound Hatchery Management Plans

On January 23, the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation (CSF) submitted comments to the National Oceanic...

Aug 14 2014 Puget Sound Hatchery Settlement Receives Hearing

On Tuesday, July 29, the Washington Senate Committee on Environment and Natural Resources held...

Jul 25 2014 Action Alert: Show Your Support for Recreational Angling and Hatchery Steelhead

Please see below for an action alert sent out by Washington Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus...

Mar 06 2014 Washington: Caucus Gathers for Legislative Shootout

On Tuesday, February 25, Evergreen State lawmakers broke away from the Capitol for an...

Apr 24 2013 Washington: Washington Legislators Gather to Celebrate Outdoor Traditions

On April 4, approximately 60 Washington legislators gathered at the Evergreen Sportsmen’s Club outside...

Feb 14 2013 Washington Sportsmen’s Caucus Hosts Luncheon

On Tuesday, February 5, the Washington Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus gathered at the State Capitol...

Latest policy updates

Opportunities to expand angling access throughout the country have become increasingly limited...

Many sportsmen and women depend on federal lands managed by agencies such...

Properly managed wildlife habitat is essential for supporting sustainable and healthy wildlife...

Established with the dedicated purpose of protecting and conserving wildlife, game commissions...

Preemption is the process where a higher level of government revokes the...

Anti dog-hunting groups oppose hunters’ use of dogs to both hunt and...

The use of lead ammunition and lead tackle in hunting and angling...

Predator hunting and hunting tournaments, often referred to as “contests,” are time-honored...

Recent advances in technology, such as Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV’s), which can...

The vast majority of states throughout the nation offer an online component...

Many state legislatures have enacted legislation to afford senior citizens, veterans, and...

Reports and Data

Jan 01 2022 Washington: American System of Conservation Funding Fact Sheet

Washington: American System of Conservation Funding Fact Sheet

Jan 01 2013 2013 Sportsmen's Economic Impact Report - Washington

2013 Sportsmen’s Economic Impact Report - Washington

Jan 01 2007 2006 Economic Impact Report — Washington

Annual spending by Washington sportsmen and women is seven times more than the cash...

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