SPECIAL PERMIT

Special permit opportunities for multiple species across the state

What is it?

If you are drawn for a special permit, you will obtain access to hunting opportunities that are unavailable during the general hunting season. The special permit is governed by a weighted-point drawing system. You gain 1 point for every special permit application you purchase. 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.

Deer, Elk, Mountain Goat, Bighorn Sheep, and Turkey Application available
12/01/18 – 05/22/19
Submit between
04/22/19 – 05/22/19

Resident application fees:

General special permit $7.10

Quality special permit $13.70

Youth special permit $3.80

Benefits

  • Access to hunting opportunities that are unavailable during the general hunting season
  • Better hunt timing, providing greater potential for a successful harvest
  • May have fewer hunters in the field during your hunt
  • Contribute to improvement of public access to private land
  • 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 permit, you may have access to:

An area that is only accessible to 20 hunters, may allow you 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 or elk: prior to purchase of a special permit application, hunters must have a deer or elk hunting license. A transport tag (with weapon type and location) must be purchased prior to submittal of a special permit application.

Turkey: prior to purchase of a special permit application, hunters must have a valid small game license. A transport tag will be required for those who are selected for a special permit.

Mountain goat, moose, or bighorn sheep: a hunting license purchase is NOT required prior to purchase and submission of a special permit application. A license purchase will be required if you are selected for a special permit. For pricing information click here.

*Submission of a special permit application is considered use of a transport tag. Once the special permit application is submitted and the deadline has passed, the transport tag cannot be exchanged for a different weapon choice or location.

2. Purchase application

(12/01/18 through 05/22/19)
You may purchase at a license vendor, online at fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov, or by calling 360-902-2464. Click here for pricing.

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

3. Submit application

(04/22/19 through 05/22/19)
Submit online through your WILD account at fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov/#/login or by calling 1-877-945-3492. Note: there are no other ways to submit your hunt choices.

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 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 once you fulfill your tag your season is complete. Also, if selected, you may apply for any weapon type when submitting your special permit application(s).

Application available
12/01/18 – 03/31/19

Resident application fees:
$7.10

Youth:
$3.80

Benefits

  • If selected, you may hunt in any open unit during all general seasons starting with archery, continuing to muzzleloader, and then to modern firearm or until you fulfill your tag.
  • You may also submit special permit applications for any weapon type.
  • Elk multi-season permit holders may hunt eastern and western Washington.

How does it work?

1. Purchase application
(12/01/18 through 03/31/19)

You may purchase at a license vendor, online at fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov, or by calling 360-902-2464. Click here for pricing. If you are applying as an individual, your application is automatically submitted.

2. Submit application

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.

3. Check drawing results

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

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

4. Purchase multi-season deer or elk tag

If selected, you must purchase the corresponding tag prior to August 1, 2019.

Multi-season deer tag: $139.10

Multi-season elk tag: $182.00