- Are there application cards for special hunt permits?
Application cards are no longer used. Applications are purchased through license vendors, calling the toll free telephone number at (866) 246-9453, or online at https://fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov. To submit the application you have purchased, you must either call the toll-free telephone number at (877 ...
- How does the special permit drawing work? I heard that the points have multipliers on them. What is that for and does it improve my chances of being drawn?
Under our current system, a hunter’s points are squared and he/she is assigned that number of random numbers. (For example, a hunter with 7 points is assigned 49 (7 X 7) random, computer-generated numbers.) This is done for all hunters. Then the computer throws out all but the best (lowes ...
- How do I build up points?
Each person who applies for a special hunt permit for a species receives a point for applying. If that person is not awarded a special hunt permit during that drawing the point is retained. If the person is awarded a permit, that person's point total drops to zero. If the person who was not awar ...
- How do the hunt choices work?
When the drawing occurs, it is as if all of the applications for a species category are placed in a barrel. The computer spins the barrel by issuing random numbers to each application. The lowest random number that is issued to each application is the number used to order the applications from t ...
- If I am part of a group application, are my chances of getting a permit greater than if I apply by myself?
Those who apply as an Individual actually have the advantage over those who apply with a Group. In fact, the larger the group, the more your chances of being selected for a permit are reduced.
- If I get a bighorn sheep permit, can I be in the bighorn sheep raffle drawing?
Yes you can. The once-in-a-lifetime goat, sheep, or moose permit only applies to the special hunt permit drawing system. Even after drawing one of these permits a hunter can still be in the raffle drawing or even bid for the auction permits. The only restriction is that a person can only have on ...
- What happens if a group application comes up and there are fewer permits left than there are members in the group?
If there are fewer permits left for a hunt than there are members in a group whose application is drawn, none of the applicants on that application are awarded a permit. The drawing continues until either an Individual Application or a Group Application with fewer members is drawn for that hunt. ...
- What if I apply in a group and we have a different number of points built up? Whose points are used?
On group applications, the points of all of the applicants are averaged and the average is used in the drawing for that application. If the first group member has two points and the second one has six, then four points are used for the drawing. If the first member has one point, the second membe ...
- Where can I purchase a special hunt permit application?
Applications can be purchased at all hunting license dealerships, using the Department of Fish and Wildlife toll-free telephone number (866) 246-9453, or over the Internet at the WDFW Online Sales and Services website.
- Why does the Department of Fish and Wildlife award special permits and what game species are affected?
Special permits are awarded for a variety of wildlife management purposes. In most cases they are awarded to control a species' population size. In other cases they provide special recreational opportunities. Species for which special hunt permits are awarded include deer, elk, mountain goat, mo ...
- Will there still be partnerships?
There are still "partnerships", but the system now allows more than two hunters for some game animal species. We now call these "Groups" which consist of the Leader of the Group and Members of a Group. A hunter may also apply as an Individual. The group sizes vary depending on species. Consult t ...
- What is the value of building up points?
Building up points is very much like putting more application cards into the barrel. Those that have more cards in the barrel have an advantage over those that have less. The more points a person has built up for a species over time, the greater are the chances that his/hers will be selected.
- How can I keep building points, even if I know I cannot hunt this year?
If you want to continue to build points, but want to make sure you do not get selected for a permit, special hunt choice numbers are provided for your use. If you apply using the following hunt choices only, your application cannot be awarded a permit and you will automatically accrue your point ...
- Will I lose all my points if I skip a year?
No. You are in the permit drawing system for the life of the system. Your points will be waiting for you when you apply again, even if it is several years.
- If I received an elk permit last year, can I apply this year?
Yes. There are no waiting periods. The only exception to this is for some of the bighorn sheep, mountain goat, and moose permit categories.
- Can I transfer the points I build up for deer to my elk application?
No. Points are not transferable to other species categories. Points cannot be donated to other hunters, either.
- Do I build up one point for each hunt choice I put on my deer application?
No. Only one point is built up per year per species category.
- Can I still hunt if I am not selected to receive a special hunt permit?
For deer, elk, bear, cougar, and turkey there are general hunting seasons available to the hunter whether he/she is awarded a special hunt permit or not. To hunt mountain goat, moose, or bighorn sheep the hunter must have a special hunt permit.