Big game permit auctions

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

Permit Organization Date Location
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

Lynnwood

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

Online

Westside Elk Safari Club International, Northwest Chapter March 11, 2023 Tacoma/Online
Moose Washington Wild Sheep Foundation March 11, 2023 Tacoma