The Division of Fisheries and Wildlife (DFW) reminds deer hunters that in order to take antlerless deer during any deer hunting season, they must possess an antlerless deer permit. The July 16, 2011 deadline is fast approaching and applications postmarked after July 16 will not be accepted. DFW cautions deer hunters to refrain from assuming large quantities of over-the-counter permits will be available after permits are sent out in the early fall.
To apply for an antlerless deer permit, internet license holders must access the MassFishHunt website (www.mass.gov/massfishhunt ) and apply by July 16. Only online license holders may apply for any permits through MassFishHunt. License holders who purchased non-electronic licenses bought over the counter will find the antlerless deer permit application at the bottom of their license and can apply through the mail or drop off their application at the MassWildlife Field Headquarters in Westborough. Hunters who apply through the mail should be sure to double check that ALL name and mailing information has been printed on their application prior to mailing. Applications dropped off or postmarked after July 16 will not be accepted.
The bear permit application deadline is also July 16. Bear permits are available on-line for direct purchase for MassFishHunt license holders. Bear hunters are reminded again that only online license holders may apply through the website for a permit. For non-electronic license holders, the application is found on the duplicate license certificate. A mass mailing of bear permits will be sent out to non-electronic permit applicants in mid-August.