OLYMPIA – Hunters have until Aug. 6 to enter the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife’s (WDFW) special big-game raffles for deer, elk, moose, mountain goats and California bighorn sheep hunts this fall.
One winner will be selected for each hunt. Winning raffle tickets will be chosen at random by computer, and winners will be notified by Aug. 16. Raffle tickets for deer, elk, moose and mountain goats are $4.93 each, while a California bighorn sheep ticket costs $10.40. Tickets can be purchased at https://fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov, by calling 1-866-246-9453, or at WDFW license vendors statewide.
The winners of each raffle will be allowed to hunt between Sept. 1 and Dec. 31.
Deer and elk hunters will have a chance to be selected for hunts in both eastern and western Washington. Winners of the deer-hunt raffle will be allowed to hunt in any game management unit (GMU) open for deer, while elk raffle winners can hunt in any GMU open for elk. Hunters selected for deer and elk hunts are not allowed to hunt in Private Lands Wildlife Areas or in GMUs that are not open for either general season or special permit hunts.
The moose hunt winner can hunt in any GMU open to moose hunting, while the winner of the mountain goat raffle can hunt in any goat unit with two or more permits.
The California bighorn sheep raffle winner will be allowed to hunt in any sheep unit with two or more permits, except units in the Blue Mountains.
In addition, a permit for a chance to hunt in the Blue Mountains for Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep will again be raffled by the Washington chapter of the Foundation for North American Wild Sheep (FNAWS). The winner of the Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep raffle will be allowed to hunt between Sept. 1 through Dec. 31 in GMUs 169, 172, 181 and 186. The deadline for purchasing a raffle ticket from the Washington chapter of FNAWS is July 31, and more information is available at www.wafnaws.com.
More information on WDFW’s big-game permit raffles is available in the 2006-07 Big Game Hunting Seasons and Rules pamphlet, which is online at http://wdfw.wa.gov/hunting/regulations.