Hunters have until May 22 to apply for special hunting permits for fall deer, elk, mountain goat, moose, bighorn sheep and turkey seasons in Washington.
Permit winners will be selected in a drawing by the state Department of Fish and Wildlife 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 that they wish to hunt.
Applications and licenses are available from license vendors statewide or on the agency’s website at https://fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov/wdfw/special_permits.html. Applications must be submitted on the website or by calling toll free 877-945-3492.
Most special hunt permit applications cost $7.10 for residents, $110.50 for non-residents and $3.80 for youth younger than 16 years of age.
There is an exception in the costs. Residents purchasing applications for mountain goats, any ram and any moose, as well as “quality” categories for deer and elk must pay $13.70.
Instructions and details on applying for special-permit hunts are in the 2013 Big Game Hunting Seasons & Regulations pamphlet, available at department offices, license vendors and online at wdfw.wa.gov/hunting/regulations.
Additional information is available at wdfw.wa.gov/hunting/permits/faq.html.
Dave Ware, game division manager, reminds hunters to update their email and mailing address in the system when purchasing their special hunting permit applications and licenses.