Deer and elk hunters looking to enter their names in the hat for the state Fish and Wildlife 2012 multiple-season permit drawing have until March 31 to do so.
In mid-April, the department will randomly draw names for 8,500 multiple-season deer permits and 1,000 multiple-season elk permits.
Winners will be eligible to purchase a special tag allowing them to participate in archery, muzzleloader and modern-firearm general hunting seasons for deer or elk in 2012.
Winners who purchase the multiple-season elk tag by Aug. 31 can participate in general elk-hunting season in both eastern and western Washington.
Winners also may apply for any weapon type deer or elk special permit.
“This is a great opportunity for hunters to extend their hunting season this fall,” said Dave Ware, a state Fish and Wildlife game manager in a news release. “Rather than having to choose one hunting method over another, hunters drawn for a multiple-season permit who purchase the tag can participate in multiple seasons.”
Ware noted that the tags can only be used during general seasons and in game management units that are open during a modern firearm, muzzleloader, or archery general season. For example, winners may not hunt during the muzzleloader general season in an area that is not open for the muzzleloader general season.
Also, hunters can apply only once for each species and are limited to harvesting one deer or elk.
For more information, visit the state Fish and Wildlife’s website or call 360-902-2464.