Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife


How can I build special permit points if I cannot hunt this year?

If you cannot hunt this year, use the Points Option hunt choice to build your special permit points. You cannot draw a permit when you submit Points Option. Instead, you earn one point for each category to improve your chance in future drawings. Check the Special Permit Application Instructions section of the Big Game pamphlet for more details. The Big Game pamphlet can be found on the WDFW website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/hunting/regulations/.

Remember that before buying a deer, elk, bear, or turkey special permit application, you must first purchase a license and tag for that species. For deer and elk, you need to select your tag before you can buy a special permit application. For elk, this includes choosing to hunt either eastern or western Washington.

You must purchase your license and tag for those species even if you are submitting for the points only option.

If you submit your application online, look for the Points Option in the list of hunt choices.

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12th of May, 2017