Deer and elk hunters have until March 31 to enter the drawing for a 2016 multiple-season tag.
The state Department of Fish and Wildlife will hold the drawing in mid-April, randomly selecting names for 8,500 multiple-season deer tags and 1,000 multiple-season elk tags.
Winners of the drawing will be eligible to purchase a special tag allowing them to participate in archery, muzzleloader, as well as modern firearm general hunting seasons for deer or elk later this year.
Winners who purchase the multiple-season elk tag can participate in general elk hunting seasons in both Eastern and Western Washington. The deadline to purchase the multiple-season tag is July 31.
Winners may also choose any weapon type when applying for a special permit to hunt deer or elk.
The tags can be used only during general seasons and in game management units 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.
Hunters can apply only once for each species and are limited to harvesting one deer or elk.
A multiple season application can be purchased at any authorized license dealer. Location information can be found at wdfw.wa.gov/licensing/vendors or by calling 866-246-9453. The application costs $7.10 for residents and $110.50 for nonresidents.
A 2016 hunting license is not required 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 authorized license dealers, at fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov or 866-246-9453. Including transaction fees, multiple season deer tags cost $139.10 for residents or nonresidents, while multiple season elk tags cost $182 for residents and nonresidents. These prices are in addition to the cost of an annual hunting license.