Unsold deer and elk multi-season tags to go up for limited sale Aug. 22

Hunters who bought multi-season special hunt applications are eligible to buy unsold 2,610 deer and 116 elk multi-season tags this month.

The Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife announced that those who purchased a multi-season permit application earlier this year, but were not selected in the April drawing, are eligible to buy the unsold tags on a first-come, first-served basis on Thursday, Aug. 22.

Jenika Stinkeoway, customer service manager for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW), said elk multi-season tags will go on sale at 10 a.m. on Aug. 22, and are expected to sell out in 5 seconds or less. Multi-season deer tags will go on sale 10 minutes later at 10:10 a.m. 

Hunters planning to purchase both tags must do so in two separate transactions.

Hunters who want to purchase a deer or elk multi-season tag must have purchased a 2019 deer or elk multi-season special hunt application, and also have a general season elk or deer license before buying a multi-season tag.

General season elk or deer tags must be surrendered to an authorized WDFW license dealer at the time of the multi-season purchase – no exceptions.

To find a license dealer near you, visit https://wdfw.wa.gov/licenses/dealers

Multi-season deer tags are $139.10, and multi-season elk tags are $182.00. Tag costs are the same for residents and non-residents.

Multi-season tags can only be purchased at an authorized WDFW license dealer, at a WDFW regional office, or at WDFW headquarters in Olympia.

With the high demand for multi-season elk tags, Stinkeoway said it is likely that only one in every 20 license vendors will be able to complete a transaction for elk.

If multi-season deer tags don’t sell out on Aug. 22, they will remain on sale until the tag limit is reached. Hunters who purchase a multi-season tag will not lose points in their multi-season deer or elk special hunt application categories.

Hunters with multi-season permits can hunt all three weapon choices (modern rifle, muzzleloader, archery), season permitting, until their tag is filled.