From Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission
-- During its February public meeting, the Washington FWC adopted a number of multiple-season hunting permits for deer and elk issued each year.
Those permits, awarded through annual drawings, allow permit-holders to participate in all general hunting seasons for deer and elk. Without the special permit, hunters must choose among archery, muzzleloader or modern firearm seasons.
The commission approved WDFW's proposal to increase the number of deer permits from 4,000 currently to 8,500, and the number of elk permits from 850 to 1,250. State wildlife managers have assured the commission that increasing permit levels will expand hunting opportunities without posing a risk to deer and elk populations.