Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife


Why can I not buy or submit my special permit application?

Special permit applications are available to purchase from mid-April to mid-May each year.

Before buying a deer, elk, bear, or turkey special permit application, you must first buy a license and tag for that species.

Mountain goat, bighorn sheep, or moose special permits work differently. You do not need to buy one of those licenses and tags to submit an application. In fact, none of these species has a general season. You only want to buy a license and tag if drawn for a special permit hunt.

For deer or 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. Once you make those selections, you can buy and submit special permits.

For additional assistance, contact the Licensing Division by email at licensing@dfw.wa.gov or by phone at (360) 902-2464.

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3rd of March, 2016