ASK THE DEPARTMENT OF FISH & WILDLIFE
Can I carry a modern handgun while archery or muzzleloader hunting?
Yes. A modern handgun can be carried while archery or muzzleloader hunting, but only for personal protection. Modern handguns cannot be used to hunt big game or to dispatch wounded big game during the big game hunting season for archery or muzzleloaders.Information for this feature comes from wdfw.wa.gov/help.