Massachusetts Bear and Deer Apps Deadline

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Deer and bear hunters, don't wait in line; apply on time! All deer hunters are reminded that in order to take antlerless deer during any deer hunting season, they must possess an antlerless deer permit.

The July 16 application deadline is fast approaching. Applications postmarked after July 16 will not be accepted. Antlerless deer permit applications are found on paper licenses bought over the counter. Internet license buyers need to access the MassOutdoors website and apply on-line. Only online license holders may apply for a permit through MassOutdoors at

MassWildlife cautions deer hunters to refrain from assuming large quantities of over-the-counter permits will be available after permits are sent out. The bear permit application deadline is also July 16. Bear permit applications are found on the duplicate license certificate of the over-the-counter license or on-line for MassOutdoors license buyers. A mass mailing of these permits will be sent in August. Applicants again are reminded that only online license holders may apply through the website for a permit.