Deer and elk hunters have until March 31 to enter their name in a drawing for a 2014 multiple-season permit, which can greatly increase their opportunities for success in the field.
In mid-April, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) will randomly 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 in 2014. Winners who purchase the multiple-season elk tag by August 31 can participate in the 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.
Ware noted that the tags can be used only during general seasons and in game management units
Hunters may purchase a multiple-season permit application at an authorized license dealer, listed at wdfw.wa.gov/licensing/vendors
or by calling 866/246-9453.
The permit application is $7.10 for residents and $110.50 for nonresidents.
A 2014 hunting license is not required in order to submit an application, but winners of the drawing must purchase one before they can purchase a multiple-season tag.
Hunting licenses and multiple-season tags can be purchased from local license dealers, on the Internet at fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov
or by calling 866/246-9453. Including transaction fees, multiple-season deer or elk tags cost $182 for residents and nonresidents in addition to the cost of an annual hunting license. For more information, visit WDFW’s website at wdfw.wa.gov
, or call the licensing department at 360/902-2464.