The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife began auctioning big game permits in 1994. The first auction permit was a single bighorn sheep permit and the auction was conducted by a local conservation organization. Three years later, in 1997, the first raffle tags were sold for a permit to hunt big game. Raffles were conducted for deer, elk, bighorn sheep, and moose.
Learn more about the auction and raffle programs.
2023 Auction dates and locations
|California Bighorn Sheep||Wild Sheep Foundation||Jan. 13, 2023||Online|
|Mule Deer||Mule Deer Foundation||February 3, 2023||Online|
|Three Deer||Mule Deer Foundation||February 4, 2023||Online|
|Mountain Goat||Seattle Sportsmen's Conservation Foundation||March 4, 2023|
|Black-tailed Deer||Safari Club International, Southwest Washington Chapter||March 4, 2023||Portland|
|White-tailed Deer||Safari Club International, Southwest Washington Chapter||March 3, 2023||Portland|
|Eastside Elk||Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation||April 4 - 6, 2023|
|Westside Elk||Safari Club International, Northwest Chapter||May 6, 2023||Tacoma/Online|
|Moose||Washington Wild Sheep Foundation||March 11, 2023||Tacoma|