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Hunting

Mountain Goat Special Permits

Application Submission Period: April 26-midnight on May 26, 2021

  • These hunts are for special permit holders only. See Special Permit Application Instructions for instructions on how to apply.
  • Hunting licenses for mountain goat, moose, or bighorn sheep do not have to be purchased unless you are selected for a special hunt permit. If selected, you must send a check or money order for the appropriate fee, to WDFW's Headquarters office by the deadline established by the Department (15 day minimum) or the permit will become void and will be offered to an alternate. You may also purchase using a credit card by calling (866) 246-9453.
  • Be advised that goat hunts are physically challenging, often requiring travel to remote areas.

Mountain Goat Conflict Reduction Permit Category:

Who May Apply:

Anyone may apply.

Bag Limit:

Two goats of either sex. No minimum horn length or age requirements.

Mountain Goat Special Permit Category:

Who May Apply:

Anyone, except those who have previously harvested a mountain goat in Washington State after 1998. An individual may only harvest one mountain goat during his or her lifetime. However, these restrictions are waived for hunters who have previously harvested a mountain goat under an auction, raffle, or conflict reduction permit.

Bag Limit:

One adult goat of either sex with horns 4 inches or longer, except where otherwise permitted by department rule even if permits are drawn for more than one mountain goat hunt category. WDFW strongly encourages hunters to refrain from shooting nannies. Although nannies can be legally taken by permit holders, mountain goat populations are very sensitive to removal of adult females.

Goat hunters:

Please review the educational material sent to you, and make all efforts to harvest a billy.

Raffle and Auction Permits:

Anyone may apply every year.

Hunt Choices:

Up to 4 hunt choices may be selected per category.

Notes:

A hunter who kills a mountain goat in Washington must present the head with horns attached for inspection within 10 days to a WDFW Regional or District office or a location designated by a Department representative. Call a WDFW Regional or District office to schedule an appointment with a biologist for inspection. Inspection does not substitute for Mandatory Hunter Reporting (see Mandatory Hunter Reporting). For mountain goats, both are required.

Mountain Goat Special Permit Hunts:

In addition to the mandatory inspection and marking of your harvested mountain goat, you will owe one hunting activity report for EACH special permit awarded.

Hunt Choice

Goat Hunt Area Name (Number)

Permit Season

Special Restrictions

Permits

2020 Apps/Avg. Points

Mountain Goat Special Permits

6000 North Lake Chelan (2-1) Sept. 1-Nov. 30 Any Legal Weapon 2 2951/15
6001 South Lake Chelan (2-3) Sept. 1-Nov. 30 Any Legal Weapon 1 2189/20
6002 Naches Pass (3-6) Sept. 1-Nov. 30 Any Legal Weapon 1 4970/22
6003 Bumping River (3-7) Sept. 1-Nov. 30 Any Legal Weapon 1 4446/22
6004 Chowder Ridge (4-3) Sept. 1-Nov. 30 Any Legal Weapon 1 1556/5
6005 Lincoln Peak (4-4) Sept. 1-Nov. 30 Any Legal Weapon 2 1415/16
6006 Avalanche Gorge (4-7) Sept. 1-Nov. 30 Any Legal Weapon 3 1983/15
6007 Boulder River North (4-8a) Sept. 1-Nov. 30 Any Legal Weapon 1 794/24
6008 Goat Rocks West (5-4) Sept. 1-Nov. 30 Any Legal Weapon 1 4710/20
6009 Goat Rocks East (5-5) Sept. 1-Nov. 30 Any Legal Weapon 2 4421/20
6010 Mt. Margaret Backcountry (5-6) Oct. 1-Nov. 30 Any Legal Weapon 1 1456/15
6011 Mt. St. Helens South (5-7) Oct. 1-Nov. 30 Any Legal Weapon 1 1959/21

Conflict Reduction Special Permits

6012 East Olympic Mountains A (6-1)a Sept. 1-26 Any Legal Weapon 5 NEW
6013 East Olympic Mountains B (6-1)a Sept. 27-Oct. 22 Any Legal Weapon 10 NEW
6014 East Olympic Mountains C (6-1)a Oct. 23-Nov. 30 Any Legal Weapon 10 NEW

Gender Identification Testing:

Applicants drawn for a permit may only purchase their license after successfully completing the WDFW online Mountain Goat gender identification training. The training may be completed on paper at WDFW regional offices if internet is unavailable. However, this requirement is waived for applicants drawn for a permit in the conflict reduction special permit category.

Goats with Radio Collars:

Hunters may encounter goats wearing collars. Hunters are encouraged to avoid harvesting these animals.

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