Can't help you a whole lot because i'm from Oregon but.... Have you taken Hunters education yet? That would be a good start if you've never hunted before. It would get you started with some good basic safety skills.
Then.... talk to Fish and Game, Talk to the Washington equivilant of the Oregon Hunters Association.
Oregon has some good programs and maybe Washington will have something also.
We all take every precaution when we are hunting and harvesting our animal. Well, what about after the animal is down? Do we know what has happened to that animal over it's lifetime? The following is an example of why we should be careful when we cut.
2 years ago, my father shot a nice 8 point on opening morning of the rifle season in Vermont. It was a beautiful, 2 1/2 year old deer, looked really healthy and moved normally. When my father went to skin it for...