Nothing better than having choices in the deep freeze over winter.

Deer and elk hunters have until March 31 to enter their names into the drawing for a 2018 multiple-season tag, which can greatly increase the opportunity for success in the field.

The Washing Department of Fish Wildlife will hold the drawing in mid-April, randomly selecting names for 8,500 multiple-season deer tags and 1,000 multiple season elk tags.

Winners of the drawing will be eligible to purchase a special tag allowing them to participate in archery, muzzleloader, as well as modern firearm general hunting seasons for deer or elk in 2018. The deadline to purchase the multiple-season tag is July 31.

Winners may choose any weapon type when applying for a special permit to hunt deer or elk. Winners who purchase the multiple season elk tag can participate in general elk hunting seasons in both eastern and western Washington.

A multiple season application can be purchased from authorized license dealers, online at, or by calling (866) 246-9453. The application costs $7.10 for residents and $110.50 for nonresidents.