Enter Drawing for Washington Fall Turkey Permits

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Hunters have until midnight Aug. 31 to enter a drawing for special permit applications for a new late fall turkey season in northeast Washington.

The permit-only hunt, approved by the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission to help address nuisance and damage complaints, will run from Nov. 20 through Dec. 15 in game management units (GMU) 101 through 124. The bag limit is one bird for the season.

Hunters may purchase drawing entries at any local dealer, over the Internet (https://fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov/), or by calling 866-246-9453. The entry cost is $5.48 for the drawing, which is limited to one entry per person. Only individuals who have already purchased a turkey tag for the 2006 season may enter. No group entries will be accepted.

A total of 800 special permit applications will be drawn for the 2006 season. All who enter will receive a notice in the mail letting them know if their names were drawn or not. The drawing results will also be available on the agency’s website. Those who have not received notification by Sept. 30 can call 360-902-2515.

Hunters who plan to hunt on private property should be sure to get landowners’ permission, said Mick Cope, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife upland bird and turkey manager. "Most hunters will need to access private lands for this season, since weather conditions typically force turkeys into lower elevations."