Deadline approaching for multi-season hunting permits
Deer and elk hunters have until March 31 to enter their name in a drawing for a 2014 multiple-season permit.
In mid-April, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife 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 Aug. 31 can participate in 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.
“This is a great opportunity for hunters to extend their hunting season this fall,” said Dave Ware, game manager for WDFW. “Rather than having to choose one hunting method over another, hunters drawn for a multiple-season permit who purchase the tag can participate in multiple seasons.”
Ware noted that the tags can be used only during general seasons and in game management units that are open during the general seasons.
A 2014 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 local license dealers, at https://fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov/, or by calling (866) 246-9453.