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July 16 Deer permit deadline with new application process in Massachusetts

A final reminder from MassWildlife to deer hunters that July 16, 2012 is the deadline to apply for an antlerless deer permit. Hunters are reminded that these permits are required for anyone who wants to hunt antlerless deer and that the antlerless deer permit application process has changed. There is no longer a public permit drawing based on the last digit of the hunting/sporting license number and MassWildlife will no longer mail postal notifications or remittance postcards to deer hunters. 2012 Antlerless deer permit allocations are posted on the MassWildlife website at: As in the past, hunters may apply for one permit in one Wildlife Management Zone.

NEW THIS YEAR–All applications may only be submitted electronically on the new MassFishHunt system (, either on a home computer or at a license vendor location.  Secondly, hunters must take two actions in order to obtain a permit. Instructions are below.

1)Apply for an antlerless deer permit by July 16. If you are not sure if your antlerless deer permit application has been submitted, you can either check your hunting license in the Item Purchased section where you will see a line item that reads: "Antlerless Deer Permit Application- zone xx" if you have already applied OR you can log on to the MassFishHuntwebsite and check your customer inventory. If you have not yet applied, you can submit your application for an antlerless deer permit either through your home computer or at a local license vendor. There is no fee to apply for an antlerless deer permit.

Applying from a home computer or from your local library — Go to the MassFishHunt website at and enter your Customer ID number. A page with your personal information will appear. Click on the blue "Enter Sales" button at the bottom right of your screen. Click on "Hunting Permits and Stamps" in the menu at the left side of your screen. Click on "Antlerless Deer permit application" and then select a zone. Click the blue "check out" button on this screen and then click check out again on the next screen. Even though the application has no cost associated with it you must proceed all the way through checkout for the application to be submitted. Note that if you have already applied for an antlerless deer permit you will not see that deer permit option listed.
Applying at a license vendor or MassWildlife Office — Tell the clerk that you need to apply for an antlerless deer permit. They will need either your customer identification number or your birth date to look up your information. Be sure to tell them the zone that you wish to apply for and double check that it is correct. No changes to the application can be made after the July 16th deadline has passed.

2)Return to MassFishHunt to participate in the new Instant Award process. Beginning August 1, 2012 and continuing through the end of the calendar year, permit applicants must return to the MassFishHunt website from a home computer, any authorized license agent location, or any MassWildlife Officeto see if they were awarded an antlerless deer permit in the zone for which they applied. Details on this process will be posted on the agency website some time after July 16 and will also be sent out on the MassWildlife News email list when finalized.

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