Sam Montgomery, 360-688-0721
Licensing Customer Service, 360-902-2464
Updated Aug. 24: 1,388 deer and 65 elk tags remain. WDFW will be sending an email this week to the next-in-line to buy these tags. The deadline to buy tags will be Sept. 4.
OLYMPIA — Hunters who bought a multi-season permit application for elk or deer earlier this year, but were not selected in the April drawing, may be one of the additional people who will be selected for surplus elk or deer multi-season tags.
Unlike past years, deer tags will be offered to the next in line hunters, instead of being sold over-the-counter.
“Just like last year, we’ll offer eligible hunters a leftover multi-season elk tag by selecting hunters sequentially from the April draw list, and we will use the same process for deer this year," said Peter Vernie, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) licensing division manager.
The remaining 125 elk and 2,413 deer multi-season tag winners will receive an email from WDFW notifying them that they are eligible to buy a multi-season elk tag. Hunters can buy licenses online, at an authorized WDFW license dealer, or at a WDFW regional office or headquarters in Olympia.
"Because winners will be notified by email, we advise you to make sure your email address is correct in the WILD System," added Vernie.
Multi-season deer tags are $139.10, and multi-season elk tags are $182.00. Tag costs are the same for residents and non-residents.
Hunters who purchase a second-chance multi-season tag do not use points in their multi-season deer or elk special hunt application categories.
Hunters with multi-season tags can hunt all three weapon choices (modern firearm, muzzleloader, archery), season permitting.
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