Washington (Department of Fish and Wildlife): This is the second state covered this month that no longer allows mountain lion hunting with dogs. Licenses can be purchased over the counter. Nonresidents pay $200 for a cougar and bear permit. Here, you will not have to buy a new license at the beginning of next year. You also don't have to worry about a waiting period to hunt, if you purchase your license during the season. Last season, the state sold 16,200 tags, and these hunters reported a sport harvest of 184 cougars.
Two management units (East Cascades North and Northeastern) represented 53 percent of the total harvest. This is also the only western state that does not establish a harvest quota. You can contact the Washington Outfitters and Guides Association for a list of outfitters. There is no state regulatory authority that oversees outfitters.