OLYMPIA - The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is selling raffle tickets to hunters looking for a chance to participate in big game raffle permit hunts this fall.
Tickets can be purchased until Aug. 3. Winning tickets will be selected at random by computer, and winners will be notified by Aug. 9. Raffle tickets are $5 each, $10 for sheep, and can be purchased at http://fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov on the Internet, toll-free by telephone at 1-866-246-9453, or at license vendors statewide.
One winner will be chosen for buck deer, eastside bull elk, westside bull elk, moose, ram bighorn sheep and mountain goat hunts.
The winner of the deer hunt can hunt between Sept. 1 and Dec. 31 in any open game management unit, except Private Lands Wildlife Management areas, Game Management Units 157, 485, 522 and any other GMUs closed to deer hunting.
Winners of the elk hunts can hunt between Sept. 1 and Dec. 31 in any open unit, except Private Lands Wildlife Management areas and GMUs closed to branch-antlered bull hunting.
Winners of deer and elk raffles can purchase a second tag and will be allowed to hunt in general or special permit seasons with appropriate equipment and licenses.
The winner of the moose hunt will be allowed to hunt between Oct. 1 and Nov. 30 in any unit open to moose hunting. The winner of the bighorn sheep hunt will be allowed to hunt between Sept. 1 and Oct. 31 in the five sheep units that are open to raffle and auction hunting. The winner of the mountain goat hunt can hunt between Sept. 15 and Oct. 31 in the four goat units open to raffle and auction hunters.
More information is available in the 2003 Big Game Hunting Seasons and Rules pamphlet or on the department's website on the Internet.