SPECIAL HUNT

Special hunt opportunities for multiple species across the state

What is it?

If you are drawn for a special hunt permit, you will obtain access to hunting opportunities that are unavailable during the general hunting season. The special hunt permit is governed by a weighted-point drawing system. You gain one point for every special hunt application you submit. If unsuccessful in the draw category, these points accumulate over the years, increasing the chances of your application being drawn. You may only purchase one application per category, per year.

Applications available
12/01/19 – 05/18/20
Submit between
04/20/20 – 05/18/20

Resident application fees:

General Special Hunt Permit $7.10

Quality Special Hunt Permit $13.70

Youth Special Hunt Permit $3.80

Non-resident application fee $110.50

Benefits

If selected, you will:

  • Have access to hunting opportunities that are unavailable during the general hunting season.
  • Have opportunities to hunt outside of general seasons, increasing your odds for a successful harvest.
  • Have less competition with fewer hunters in the field during your special hunt.
  • Accumulate points – increase chances of being drawn.

Example
During the general season you may only have the option to harvest an antlerless elk with the weapon, time frame, and location of your choice. If you were to be selected for a special hunt permit, you may have access to:

An area that is only accessible to 20 hunters, ability to harvest any bull regardless of antler size, and a longer hunting season - increasing your chances of harvesting an elk. This is dependent on what application you submit and what area you select.

How does it work?

1. Consult regulations

Decide what species you want to hunt for. Each species has their own categories and application types.

Deer, elk, and turkey: You must purchase a hunting license prior to submitting a special hunt permit application.

Deer and elk: In addition to a hunting license, you must purchase a transport tag (selecting a weapon type and location) before you submit a special hunt permit application.

Mountain goat, moose, or bighorn sheep: You do not need to purchase a hunting license prior to submitting a special hunt permit application for these species. If you are drawn, you will be required to purchase a license before you receive your special hunt permit. For pricing information click here.

2. Purchase application

(12/01/19 through 05/18/20)
You may purchase at a license vendor, online at fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov, or by calling 866-246-9453. Click here for pricing.

If you purchase a special hunt permit application but DO NOT submit it, you will be awarded one point and will not be eligible for the drawing for that season.

3. Submit application

(04/20/20 through 05/18/20)
Submit online through your profile access at fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov/#/login or by calling 1-877-945-3492.

4. Check drawing results

Drawing results will be posted in your WILD account in June. Winners will be notified by mail or email.

See regulations for additional information, rules, and program details.


MULTI-SEASON

Triple your chances for success 1 deer and/or elk tag – 3 weapon types

What is it?

If you are selected, you may hunt in any open unit during all general seasons beginning with archery, then muzzleloader, and finally modern firearm. You may hunt up to all three weapon types, but the bag limit does not increase. One tag equals one animal.

Application available
12/01/19 – 03/31/20

Resident application fees: $7.10

Youth: $3.80

Non-resident application fee: $110.50

Benefits

If selected, you may:

  • Hunt in any open unit during all general seasons starting with archery, continuing to muzzleloader, and then modern firearm.
  • Apply for any weapon type within Special Hunts.
  • Hunt longer and increase your success rate.
  • Hunt in both eastern and western Washington with an elk multi-season permit.

How does it work?

1. Purchase application
(12/01/19 through 03/31/20)

You may purchase at a license vendor, online at fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov, or by calling 866-246-9453. Click here for pricing. If you are applying as an individual, your application is automatically submitted. You only need to submit if you are applying as a group (maximum of two individuals).

If you are applying as a group, you can submit in two ways:

  1. Online at fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov
  2. Call 1-877-945-3492

You DO NOT need to purchase a deer or elk license and tag before purchasing a multi-season application. Please note that if you purchase your general season tag before you are selected, your general season tag must be surrendered before you can purchase a multi-season tag. Contact the licensing division during normal business hours at 1-866-246-9453.

2. Check drawing results

Drawing results will be posted in your WILD account in April. Winners will be notified by postcard or email.

See regulations for additional information, rules, and program details.

3. Purchase Multi-Season deer or elk tag

If selected, you must purchase the corresponding tag prior to August 1, 2020.

Multi-Season deer tag: $139.10

Multi-Season elk tag: $182.00