Deadline to apply for special hunt permits is May 20

Hunters have until May 20 to apply for special hunting permits for fall deer, elk, mountain goat, moose, bighorn sheep and turkey seasons in the state.

The special permits qualify hunters to hunt at times and places beyond those authorized by a general hunting license.

Permit winners will be selected through a random drawing conducted by the state Department of Fish and Wildlife in late June. Results of the drawing will be available online by the end of June at fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov/wa/specialhuntlookup. Winners will be notified by mail or email by mid-July.

To apply for a special permit, hunters planning to hunt for deer or elk must purchase an application and hunting license for those species and then submit their application.

Applications and licenses are available from license vendors statewide or at fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov/wdfw/special_permits.html. Applications must be submitted on that website or by calling toll-free 877-945-3492.

Most special hunt permit applications cost $7.10 for residents, $110.50 for non-residents and $3.80 for youth under 16 years of age.

The exception is the cost for residents purchasing applications for mountain goats, any bighorn sheep ram and any moose, and “quality” categories for deer and elk. Those applications cost $13.70.

Instructions and details on applying for special-permit hunts are described in the 2015 Big Game Hunting Seasons & Regulations pamphlet, available at agency offices, license vendors and online at wdfw.wa.gov/hunting/regulations. Additional information is available at wdfw.wa.gov/hunting/permits/faq.html.

Mick Cope, game division manager for the department, reminds hunters to update their phone numbers, email and mailing addresses when purchasing their special hunting permit applications and licenses. Each year, hundreds of permits are returned due to invalid addresses.