Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife


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. Information on general seasons can be found in Washington's Big Game Hunting Seasons & Regulations pamphlet at http://wdfw.wa.gov/hunting/regulations/.

However, hunting mountain goat, moose, or bighorn sheep is different. These three species have no general season. You can only hunt them by either drawing or winning a special permit, a raffle permit hunt, or a big game auction.

Information on raffle permit hunts can be found on the WDFW website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/hunting/permits/raffles/.

Information on big game auction hunts can be found on the WDFW website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/hunting/permits/raffles/auctions.html.

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28th of December, 2015