Deer and elk hunters have until March 31 to enter a drawing for a 2014 multiple-season permit. Winning a permit can greatly increase a hunter’s opportunities for success in the field.
In mid-April, the state Department of Fish and Wildlife will draw names for 8,500 multiple-season deer permits and 1,000 multiple-season elk permits.
Winners of the drawing will be eligible to purchase a special tag allowing them to participate in archery, muzzleloader and modern firearm general hunting seasons for deer or elk this year. Winners who purchase the multiple-season elk tag by Aug. 31 can participate in general elk-hunting season in both Eastern and Western Washington.
Winners also may choose any weapon type when applying for a special permit to hunt deer or elk.
“This is a great opportunity for hunters to extend their hunting season this fall,” said Dave Ware, game manager, said in a news release. “Rather than having to choose one hunting method over another, hunters drawn for a multiple-season permit who purchase the tag can participate in multiple seasons.”
Ware said the tags can be used only during general seasons and in game management units that are open during a modern firearm, muzzleloader, or archery general season. For example, winners may not hunt during the muzzleloader general season in an area that is not open for the muzzleloader general season.
Also, hunters can apply only once for each species and are limited to harvesting one deer or elk.
Hunters may purchase a multiple-season permit application at an authorized license dealer, listed at wdfw.wa.gov/licensing/vendors, or by calling toll free 866-246-9453. The permit application is $7.10 for residents and $110.50 for nonresidents.
A 2014 hunting license is not required to submit an application, but winners of the drawing must purchase one before they can buy a multiple-season tag.