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  1. Do I lose all of my Special Permit points for that species when I draw a Special Permit?
    You only lose points in the category you drew. Your other points for that species will carry over. For example, you draw an Antlerless Deer Special Permit. You only lose your Antlerless Deer points. Your points in Quality Deer, Buck Deer, or Second Deer carry over for future drawings.
  2. If I drew a Special Permit last year, can I apply for that same category again?
    You can apply for most Special Permits year after year. However, you cannot apply for the Any Moose, Any Ram (bighorn sheep), or Mountain Goat Special Permits year after year if you harvested or failed to provide a hunter report under one of these permits. For mountain goats, you can apply agai ...
  3. Can I get a refund if I drew a Special Permit and three days into the season I become very dissatisfied for whatever reason? Can I get my Special Permit points back?
    You cannot get a refund or get your Special Permit points back for this reason. For more help on refunds, contact the WDFW Licensing Division: 1. Online at licensing@dfw.wa.gov 2. Call (360) 902-2464 For more help on Special Permit points, contact the WDFW Wildlife Program: 1. Online at wildt ...
  4. What happens if I draw more than one Special Permit for the same species in the same license year?
    Your points in each drawn Special Permit category will go to zero. You can hunt each Special Permit as well as the available general season. However, you must stop hunting once you reach your bag limit. Drawing more than one Special Permit for the same species does not increase your bag limit ( ...
  5. Do I need to buy a hunting license if I am submitting Points Option as my Special Permit hunt choice?
    You must buy the appropriate hunting license to apply for deer, elk, bear, or turkey Special Permits. This includes submitting the Points Option hunt choice. You do not need to buy a hunting license to apply for mountain goat, moose, bighorn sheep, Multi-Season Deer, or Multi-Season Elk Special ...
  6. Do I need to buy a hunting license to apply for a Special Permit?
    You must buy the appropriate hunting license to apply for deer, elk, bear or turkey Special Permits. For example, to apply for a deer Special Permit, you must buy a license package that includes deer. To apply for a turkey Special Permit, you must buy a small game license. You do not need to bu ...
  7. Can I donate my Special Permit points to another hunter?
    You cannot donate your points. Not even to family members.
  8. If drawn for a Second Deer Special Permit, do I need to harvest my first deer before my Second Deer season begins?
    You do not need to harvest a deer in the general season or during another deer Special Permit hunt before your Second Deer Special Permit season begins. If you harvest your first deer of the season during the Second Deer Special Permit hunt, you can still hunt an available general season or you ...
  9. Can I transfer my deer Special Permit points to elk?
    You cannot transfer points from one species to another. You also cannot transfer points from one category to another, even for the same species. For example, you cannot transfer Antlerless Elk points to Quality Elk.
  10. How do I apply as the group leader for a Special Permit group application? How do I apply as a group member?
    To apply as the group leader, you need to apply before any of your group members. Enter your hunt choices and then submit your application. You can also create an optional pass code to help make sure the right people join your group. You need to provide your WILD ID number to all your group mem ...
  11. If I want to submit a bighorn sheep, mountain goat, or moose Special Permit, do I need to buy a hunting license and tag first?
    No. You can wait to purchase a bighorn sheep, mountain goat, or moose license and tag until you find out if you drew a Special Permit. You can submit a Special Permit application for any of these three species without purchasing a general season license and tag. If drawn for one of these Specia ...
  12. How do I update my contact information?
    You can update your mailing address, phone number, or email in one of three ways: 1. Online at https://fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov/wa/license 2. At a License Vendor 3. Call WDFW Licensing at (360) 902-2464
  13. Can I hunt big game or turkey if I do not draw a Special Permit?
    You can hunt deer, elk, bear, cougar, or turkey without drawing a Special Permit. You can hunt the general season for any of these species by buying a general season license. However, hunting mountain goat, moose, or bighorn sheep is different. These three species have no general season. You ca ...
  14. Can I buy a 2nd Deer Tag and use it for the general season to harvest a second deer?
    You cannot use the 2nd Deer Tag to increase your bag limit for general season hunts. The 2nd Deer Tag is for Second Deer Special Permit hunts. If drawn for a Second Deer Special Permit, you must buy a 2nd Deer Tag to participate in that hunt.
  15. How will WDFW spend the new revenue from Special Permits?
    WDFW will use the new revenue to expand hunter access on private lands. The increase in access will lead to more hunting opportunities.
  16. When I check my drawing results online, why do I see ‘Points Used’ even though I did not draw a Special Permit?
    Sorry if the language on our drawing results page confused you. Points do not go away or go back to zero unless you draw a permit. ‘Points Used’ describes how many points your application entered with for that Special Permit drawing. If you do not draw a permit, your points carry ov ...
  17. If I apply with a group, how many points does our group application enter the Special Permit drawing?
    Group applications average the category points for all group members. For example, your group of 3 submits a Quality Elk Special Permit. You have 2 Quality Elk points, a second member has 5 points, and the third member has 4 points. In this case, your application enters the drawing with 4 point ...
  18. Why would I apply with a group if it makes it tougher to draw a Special Permit?
    You can benefit from applying for a group Special Permit in several ways. Listed below are a few of the benefits: You have people you hunt with every year. When you apply with a group, you can all draw the permit together. You have points built up in a Special Permit category, but your hunting ...
  19. How can I benefit from a Multiple Season tag?
    With a Multiple Season tag, you benefit from more chances to hunt with a wider variety of legal weapons. You can hunt any open unit during all three general seasons. For elk hunters, this includes both western and eastern Washington general seasons. Without a Multiple Season tag, elk hunters wo ...
  20. I drew more than one Special Permit and decided not to use one of them. Can I return it and have my points restored?
    No, but you can get points restored for certain situations such as a medical issue. Please contact the Wildlife Program to find out if you qualify for Special Permit point restoration: 1. Online at wildthing@dfw.wa.gov 2. Call (360) 902-2515
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