Thursday, June 13, 2024

WDFW extends special hunt permit application deadline to May 22

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OLYMPIA — The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) has extended the special hunt permit application deadline one week, until midnight May 22. WDFW made this change to allow hunters more time to complete their applications using printed copies of the 2024 Big Game Hunting Seasons and Regulations pamphlet, which are due to arrive at vendors and WDFW offices soon.

“We have heard feedback from many hunters that the original deadline did not provide enough time to reference a physical copy of the latest big game hunting regulations before the special hunt permit application deadline,” said Anis Aoude, WDFW game division manager. “We understand that being able to reference the physical document while you fill out your web application can be helpful. We hope this extended deadline provides everyone ample opportunity to submit their applications.”

Hunters with a special hunt permit gain the opportunity to hunt at special times or places authorized by that permit. This can often result in fewer crowds and higher success rates for hunters. Instructions and details on applying for special permit hunts are available in Washington’s 2024 Big Game Hunting Seasons and Regulations pamphlet.

To apply for a deer or elk special permit, hunters must first buy a hunting license and specify their tag choice, then apply with their preferred hunt choices. Applicants for mountain goat, moose, and bighorn sheep do not need to buy a license before they apply.

Hunters can buy special hunt permit applications and hunting licenses on the WDFW licensing website and in-person from license vendors, at WDFW regional offices, and at WDFW headquarters in Olympia. Hunters must submit their special hunt application choices through the WDFW licensing website.

Special hunt drawing results will be posted to applicants’ WILD accounts in June. Applicants with a valid email will also receive an email alert when the results are available.

Hunters should always consult the latest hunting regulations pamphlets for rules and information about hunting in Washington. Individuals may also contact WDFW’s Wildlife program (360-902-2515, wildthing@dfw.wa.gov) or Licensing division (360-902-2464, licensing@dfw.wa.gov).

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