OLYMPIA - Deer and elk hunters have until March 31 to enter their name in a drawing for a 2010 multiple-season permit, which can greatly increase their opportunities for success in the field.
In early April, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) will randomly draw names for 2,000 multiple-season deer permits and 600 multiple-season elk permits.
Winners of the drawing will be eligible to purchase a special tag that allows them to participate in all general archery, muzzleloader and modern-firearm hunting seasons for deer or elk in 2010. In addition:
- Multiple-season elk tags allow the bearer to participate in general elk-hunting seasons in both eastern and western Washington.
- Any multiple-season tag allows a hunter to apply for a permit for any special archery, muzzleloader or modern-firearms permit-only hunt.
"This is a great opportunity for hunters to extend their hunting season this fall," said Dave Ware, game manager for WDFW. "Rather than having to choose one hunting method over another, those drawn for a multiple-season permit can participate in all three types of general hunting seasons."
Ware noted, however, that multiple-season permits are valid only in game management units that are open for a general hunting season and that hunters must follow the rules for those hunts. Also, hunters can apply only once for each species and are limited to harvesting one deer or elk.
Hunters may purchase a multiple-season permit application at an authorized license dealer, via the Internet (https://fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov/), or by calling (866) 246-9453. The permit application is $6.50 for residents and $60.50 for nonresidents.
A 2010 hunting license is not required to submit an application, but winners of the drawing must purchase one before they can purchase a multiple-season tag.
For more information, visit WDFW’s website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/, or call the licensing department at (360) 902-2464.