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Washington’s Surplus Multi-Season Deer and Elk Tags Available this Month

Release from Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife

OLYMPIA –Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife has announced some deer and elk hunters who bought a multi-season permit application this year have a chance to buy one of 2,491 remaining multi-season deer tags starting August 17 and 129 remaining multi-season elk tags beginning August 15.

The next sequential 129 hunters on the original, official elk multi-season draw list will have an opportunity to buy those remaining tags. The original multi-season draw is being used to prevent large gatherings at retail locations.

The 129 winners of the remaining elk tags will receive an email from WDFW the morning of Tuesday, Aug. 15 notifying them that they are eligible to buy a tag. Hunters are encouraged to make sure they have a valid email address in their WILD account. Once notified, those winners will have until midnight Thursday, Aug. 31 to buy their tags.

The 2,491 remaining deer tags will be available to purchase on a first-come, first-served basis starting at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 17. There will not be a purchase deadline for deer multi-season tags; they will remain for sale until the tag limit is reached or most of the deer hunting seasons are over.

Once sales open, both deer and elk multi-season tags can be purchased online or at an authorized license dealer near you. WDFW regional offices and the headquarters office in Olympia are also open for license sales.

Hunters who want to buy a multi-season tag must have purchased a 2023 multi-season permit application. Hunters who already have a 2023 general season transport tag will need to surrender it to WDFW or a license dealer within five days of purchasing a multi-season tag, per state law.

Multi-season deer tags are $139.10 and multi-season elk tags are $182. Tag costs are the same for residents and non-residents. Hunters with multi-season tags can hunt all three weapon choices (modern firearm, muzzleloader, and archery), season permitting.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife works to preserve, protect, and perpetuate fish, wildlife, and ecosystems while providing sustainable fish and wildlife recreational and commercial opportunities.

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