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For additional information,
please contact

Dolores Noyes
FAX: 360-902-2392


Applying for a Special Use Permit

Download Application:


  1. Download application.
  2. Take application to the licensed physician with intimate knowledge of your condition. (ARNP’s and Physicians Assistant signatures are NOT accepted)
  3. Review entire packet with your physician. Physician's statement, signature, and medical ID number are mandatory.
  4. Applications must be completed in full or will be returned.
  5. Return completed application to address below.
  6. Allow 4 weeks for processing.

Dolores Noyes, ADA Program Manager
600 Capital Way North, Olympia

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Special Use Permits

Special Use Permits are available to any person who has applied for, receives, and maintains in good standing “disability status” with Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife, who meets the criteria below, and qualifications are certified with a licensed physician's signature.

Special Use Permits are available for:

Eligibility Criteria for Special Use Permits

Archery Adaptive Equipment
(WAC 232-12-054) A person with a permanent disability that has a loss of use of one or both upper extremities, has a significant limitation in the use of an upper extremity, or has a permanent physical limitation, which loss or limitation substantially impairs the ability to safely hold, grasp or shoot a long bow, recurve bow or compound bow. The loss or limitation may be the result of, but not limited to, amputation, paralysis, diagnosed disease, or birth defect. Adaptive equipment includes cocking devices that hold the bow at full draw; trigger mechanisms that may be released by mouth, or chin, and devices that assist in supporting the bow.

(WAC 232-12-054) Persons must meet the requirements for an Archery Adaptive Special Use Permit and must be unable to use adaptive archery equipment. Physicians must state why the applicant is unable to use adaptive archery equipment and why they need to use a crossbow. Muscle weakness, impaired range of motion, or unilateral hand weakness disability of both hands, or both arms, or both sides of the upper extremity, may result in an inability to use adaptive archery equipment. (A copy of the testing protocol and results may be submitted with the application or requested for further examination)

(WAC 232-12-828) Scopes are allowed on Crossbows and Muzzleloaders for persons who are visually impaired. “Visually impaired” means central visual acuity that does not exceed 20/200 in the better eye with corrective lenses, or the widest diameter of the visual field is no greater than twenty degrees.

  • Crossbow (only for persons qualifying for/or having a crossbow special use permit)
  • Muzzleloader

Fly Fishing Only Waters
(WAC 220-56-210) Person has a permanent disability and because of the inability to use one or both upper extremities, the fisher is physically incapable of using conventional fly fishing gear. Fishers who qualify may use spin-casting gear with a casting bubble. Monofilament line is permitted with no limit on the breaking strength of the line.

Other Power Driven Mobility Devices (OPDMD)
A person with a mobility disability that may include, but is not limited to, a person with a permanent lower extremity impairment who has lost the use of one or both lower extremities; or has a severe limitation in the use of lower extremities; or who has a diagnosed permanent disease or disorder which substantially impairs or severely interferes their mobility. (Please call to request this specific form)