Deadline for Special-Hunt Permits

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Time is running short for hunters who plan to apply for a big game special-hunt permit for the coming season, said Dave Ware, game division manager for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW).

Special-hunt applications must be successfully submitted to the department by midnight June 19, Ware said.

“We strongly encourage hunters not to wait until the last minute,” Ware said. “If the system gets overloaded with eleventh-hour applicants, there’s always a chance that applications won’t be processed on time.”

Before applying for a special-hunt permit, hunters must purchase an application and any necessary hunting licenses and transport tags on line, by phone or from a license dealer for each species they wish to hunt. The cost for each application is $5.00 for residents, $50.00 for non-residents, and $3.00 for young people less than 16 years of age.

Hunters can submit their applications on line ( or by calling 1-877-945-3492. WDFW does not accept hand-delivered applications.

WDFW will select winning applications by lottery and inform all applicants of the results by July 31.