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Raffle tickets for big game permit available through July 22

From the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife

-- Hunters have until July 22 to enter the Washingtons special big game hunt raffles for this fall.

Raffle hunts are available for black-tailed deer, mule deer, white-tailed deer, Westside elk, Eastside elk, California bighorn sheep, moose and mountain goat. Five multi-species raffle hunts will be available in which hunters can harvest multiple animals.

Multi-species hunt opportunities include:

 A three deer raffle hunt that allows hunters to harvest a black-tailed deer, a mule deer and a white-tailed deer.

 A northeast Washington big game raffle hunt that allows hunters to harvest three of six species, including white-tailed deer, bull elk, moose, cougar, black bear and turkey.

 A south central Washington big game raffle hunt that allows hunters to harvest a bull elk, buck deer and California bighorn sheep.

 A southeast Washington big game raffle hunt that allows hunters to harvest four of five species, choosing from white-tailed deer, mule deer, bull elk, cougar and black bear.

 A north central Washington big-game raffle hunt that allows hunters to harvest three of five species, choosing from white-tailed deer, mule deer, California bighorn sheep, cougar and black bear.

Tickets can be purchased at retail license vendors statewide. By law, they are no longer available online or over the phone.

Hunters can locate license vendors, ticket prices and sales to date for specific raffle hunts online at http://wdfw.wa.gov/hunting/permits/raffles/.

One winner will be selected for each hunt. Winning raffle tickets will be selected randomly by computer during the last week of July, and winners will be notified by telephone or mail by mid August.

Raffle tickets for deer, elk, moose and mountain goats are $5.90 each, while a California bighorn sheep ticket costs $11.90. Raffle tickets for multi-species hunts are $16.70 for hunts where three species may be harvested, and $22.10 for hunts in which four species may be harvested.

The winners of each raffle will be allowed to hunt between Sept. 1 and Dec. 31, except hunts for black bear, cougar and turkey. Information on those and other hunt-season dates and hunt areas is available on pagers 76-77 of WDFW 2011 Big Game Hunting pamphlet posted online at http://wdfw.wa.gov/hunting/regulations/.

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