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Multiple-season hunting permits must be applied for by March 31

Deer and elk hunters have until March 31 to enter their name in a drawing for a 2014 multiple-season permit.

In mid-April, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) will randomly draw names for 8,500 multiple-season deer permits and 1,000 multiple-season elk permits.

Winners of the drawing 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 2014. Winners who purchase the multiple-season elk tag by Aug. 31 can participate in general elk-hunting season in both eastern and western Washington.

“This is a great opportunity for hunters to extend their hunting season this fall,” said Dave Ware, game manager for WDFW.

Ware noted that the tags can be used only during general seasons and in game management units that are open during a modern firearm, muzzleloader or archery general season.

Hunters may purchase a multiple-season permit application at an authorized license dealer, or by calling (866) 246-9453. The permit application is $7.10 for residents and $110.50 for non-residents.

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