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May 18 deadline to apply for special WA hunt permits

From Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife

-- Hunters have until May 18 to apply for special hunting permits for fall deer, elk, mountain goat, moose, bighorn sheep, and turkey seasons in Washington state. Special permits qualify hunters to hunt at times and places beyond those authorized by a general hunting license.

Permit winners will be selected through a random drawing in late June.

Applications may be purchased from license vendors statewide or online.

Applications must be submitted on the website or by calling (877)945-3492.

Instructions and details on applying for special-permit hunts are described on pages 84-85 of the 2012-13 Big Game Hunting Seasons & Regulations pamphlet, available at WDFW offices, license vendors, and online.

Additional information is available.

Before applying for a special-hunt permit, hunters must purchase an application and any necessary hunting licenses and transport tags for each species they wish to hunt. All are available online, by phone or from a licensed dealer.

Most special hunt permit applications cost $6.60 for residents, $110 for nonresidents, and $3.30 for youth under 16 years of age.

The exception is the cost for residents purchasing applications for mountain goats, any ram and any moose, as well as quality categories for deer and elk. Those applications cost $13.20.

Dave Ware, WDFW game division manager, reminds hunters to update their email and mailing address in the system when purchasing their special hunting permit applications and licenses. Each year, hundreds of special hunting permits are returned due to invalid addresses.

Results of the special-permit drawing will be available online by the end of June. Winners will be notified by mail by mid-July.

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