Antlerless Permit Reminder

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Bay State deer hunters are reminded that an antlerless deer permit will be mandatory for any archer, shotgunner or muzzleloader wishing to harvest an antlerless deer during all 2002 deer seasons. The application deadline is July 16. Mail-in applications are provided with 2002 paper licenses purchased from town clerks and vendors while electronic license buyers may apply on-line during or after the purchase of an e-license. The July 16 deadline is firm regardless of the manner by which a sportsman or woman applies.

Hunting and sporting licenses are issued with tags valid for two deer with at least one antler three inches or greater in length. Each antlerless deer permit issued will come with a deer tag increasing the bearer?s season limit by one antlerless deer. In Deer Management Zones where applications do not equal or exceed the antlerless permit allocation, applicants not selected for their DMZ of choice will be given the option to purchase a permit for an undersubscribed zone. Any permits remaining following this procedure will be offered for over-the-counter sale beginning sometime in early October. Contact Kris McCarthy, 508.792.7270 x142.