Deadline For Special Hunt Permits: May 22

hunters WAHunters have through May 22 to apply for special hunting permits for fall deer, elk, mountain goat, moose, bighorn sheep, and turkey seasons in Washington state.

Permit winners will be selected through a random drawing conducted by the WDFW in late June. The special permits qualify hunters to hunt at times and places beyond those authorized by a general hunting license. To apply for a special hunt permit, hunters must purchase an application and necessary hunting licenses for each species they wish to hunt and then submit that application.

Applications and licenses are available from license vendors statewide or on WDFW’s website. Applications must be submitted on that website or by calling 1-877-945-3492 toll-free. Most special hunt permit applications cost $7.10 for residents, $110.50 for non-residents, and $3.80 for youth under 16 years of age.

The exception is the cost for residents purchasing applications for mountain goats, any ram and any moose, as well as “quality” categories for deer and elk. Those applications cost $13.70.

Instructions and details on applying for special-permit hunts are described on pages 86-87 of the 2014 Big Game Hunting Seasons & Regulations pamphlet, available at WDFW offices, license vendors, and online. Additional information is available HERE.

Dave Ware, WDFW game division manager, reminds hunters to update their email and mailing address in the system when purchasing their special hunting permit applications and licenses. Each year, hundreds of special hunting permits are returned due to invalid addresses.

Results of the special-permit drawing will be available online by the end of June.  Winners will be notified by mail by mid-July.

April 27, 2014