THE FOLLOWING IS A PRESS RELEASE FROM THE WASHINGTON DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE
Hunters can submit special hunt applications from April 19 through May 19 for 2022 deer, elk, mountain goat, moose, bighorn sheep, and fall turkey seasons.
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) will conduct a random drawing from this year’s applicants to select 2022 permit winners in June. Qualified hunters with a special permit gain the opportunity to hunt at special times or places authorized by a general hunting license. Special hunt permits offer a chance to participate in a unique hunt while directly supporting conservation and management in Washington.
To apply for a deer or elk special permit, hunters must first buy a hunting license before applying with their preferred hunt choices. Applicants for mountain goat, moose, and bighorn sheep do not need to buy a license before they apply.
“Special permit hunts provide a unique opportunity for hunters to hunt with fewer crowds and higher success rate,” said Anis Aoude, WDFW game division manager. “Our district biologists closely monitor the wildlife populations in their area and we update permit numbers annually to support sustainable wildlife populations and recreational harvest opportunities.”
Most special hunt permit applications cost $7.10 for residents, $110.50 for non-residents, and $3.80 for youth under age 16. Resident applications for mountain goat, bighorn sheep ram, moose, and “quality” categories for deer and elk run $13.70.
WDFW will post the results of the special hunt permit drawing online<http://fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov> by the end of June. WDFW will also notify winners by mail or email by mid-July.
WDFW works to preserve, protect and perpetuate fish, wildlife and ecosystems while providing sustainable fish and wildlife recreational and commercial opportunities.