The answer is both yes and no because it depends on your Washington hunting activity. For certain bighorn sheep or moose Special Permit categories you can apply year after year regardless if you previously harvested or not. For moose it is the Antlerless Only category and for bighorn sheep it is the Ewe Only category that is available to apply for year after year even if you previously harvested a bull moose or a bighorn sheep ram. However, for mountain goat you can only apply if you harvested prior to 1999 from a mountain goat Special Permit opportunity.
If you previously harvested or failed to provide a hunter report for an Any Moose, a bighorn sheep Any Ram, or a mountain goat (since 1999) Special Permit, then you have met your once-in-a-lifetime restriction for that species and would no longer be eligible to apply for that Special Permit category. This is why it is important to harvest a bull moose or bighorn ram if you are drawn for that Special Permit. If you harvest an antlerless moose or a bighorn ewe when you are drawn for either the Any Moose or Any Ram Special Permit, then you have met your once-in-a-lifetime restriction.
If you have met your lifetime restriction but still want a chance to hunt a bull, ram, or mountain goat, then consider trying your luck through our Raffle Permit Hunts or Big Game Auctions, both of which waives that lifetime restriction.
10th of July, 2013