A chance to hunt a month longer and take three additional birds will be available to two spring turkey hunters who are drawn as winners in a new raffle being offered by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW).
The raffle is being held to raise money for turkey management.
The $5 raffle tickets, available at all WDFW offices, must be purchased by March 10, or the day of the drawing, March 24. The 1 p.m. drawing will be held in the lobby of the Natural Resources Building, 1111 Washington St., in Olympia. Each raffle-drawn winner must present a valid small-game hunting license ($30, or $16 if purchased with a big-game package) to receive the special permit.
Each raffle-drawn permit holder will be allowed to hunt wild turkeys statewide from April 1 through May 31. The regular spring turkey hunting season runs April 15 to May 15. The winners also will be allowed to take three turkeys, one of each subspecies (Eastern, Rio Grande, and Merriams) which are defined by county. During the regular season, any hunter with a small game license is allowed to take one turkey, and up to two more with the purchase of $18 turkey tags.
Besides the opportunity to hunt twice as long as regular-season hunters, raffle winners also will be able to participate in the regularly scheduled turkey hunt and purchase up to two more turkey tags, thus allowing them to take a total of up to six turkeys.