Hunters have until Thursday to apply for special hunting permits for fall deer, elk, mountain goat, moose, bighorn sheep and turkey seasons. The special permits qualify hunters to hunt at times and places beyond those authorized by a general hunting license.
The winners will be selected by the state Department of Fish and Wildlife through a random drawing conducted next month.
To apply for a special permit, hunters must purchase an application and necessary hunting licenses for each species they wish to hunt and then submit that application.
Most special hunt permit applications cost $7.10 for residents, $110.50 for nonresidents and $3.80 for those younger than 16.
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.
Dave Ware, state game division manager, reminds hunters they need 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, he said.
Results of the special-permit drawing will be available online by the end of June at https://fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov/wa/specialhuntlookup. Winners will be notified by mail by mid-July.