Massachusetts Hunters Still Have Chance at Antlerless Deer

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Antlerless deer permit notification cards were mailed to deer hunters in mid-August. All applicants selected for their Wildlife Management Zone (WMZ) of choice were notified of their permit with a yellow postcard.

Applicants not selected for their WMZ of choice were sent pink postcards in mid-August to allow them to re-apply in WMZs where permit allocations exceeded applications. Re-applicants may circle and rank up to three choices for Wildlife Management Zones. Due to a limited number of permits available in certain WMZs, re-applicants should send in their postcards as soon as possible since re-applicant requests will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis. WMZ 9 permits are no longer available; re-applicants may only apply for WMZs 10, 11, 13, and 14.

The final opportunity for obtaining an antlerless deer permit, or acquiring additional permits, will begin October 5, 2009, when remaining permits will be made available for over-the-counter sales. More information on sales of antlerless deer permits will be posted later in September.

Bear hunters who applied for a permit should now be in receipt of their permits through the mail. Bear hunters who have not yet received their permit should contact MassWildlife Permit Specialist Lori Cookman at (508) 389-6339. Bear permit applications, located on the duplicate copy of the paper hunting and sporting licenses, may still be mailed in with the $5.00 fee. Only online license holders may purchase a bear permit online. Bear permits are also available at the MassWildlife Westborough Field Headquarters and the District Offices located in Pittsfield, Belchertown, West Boylston, and Acton; please note that MassWildlife's Southeast District Office in Bourne will not be issuing bear permits. Hunters must bring their hunting license and the $5.00 fee to obtain an over-the-counter bear permit.