Apply for an Antlerless Deer Permit

To hunt antlerless deer, you need an Antlerless Deer Permit. You'll have to apply each year for the chance to buy a permit.
You must apply for a permit by July 16. Then, check back any time between August 1 and December 31 to see if you won the right to buy a permit.

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What you need

You need a valid hunting or sporting license to apply for an Antlerless Deer Permit in Massachusetts.

How to apply

You can apply for an Antlerless Deer Permit through the MassFishHunt online system. The deadline to apply is July 16th. You can only submit one application.

  1. Log into the MassFishHunt system with your last name and Customer ID.
  2. Click the Enter sales button at the bottom right of the screen.
  3. Choose Hunting permits and stamps from the main menu on the left.
  4. Choose Add next to Antlerless Deer Permit application.
  5. Select the zone you want to apply for.
  6. Click Checkout to begin the check out process. There is no fee to apply.

If you don't want to apply online through MassFishHunt, you can apply in person at a MassWildlife office or a licence agent location. The deadline to apply is July 16th.

Next steps

  1. Check permit award status

    If you apply for an Antlerless Deer Permit by the July 16th deadline, you still must check to see if you have been awarded the right to purchase the permit. The award period begins August 1st at 8 a.m. and ends on December 31st. Your odds of obtaining a permit are the same regardless of when you check your permit status. You can check the status of your permit through MassFishHunt, or by visiting a MassWildlife office or license agent location.

  2. Surplus Antlerless Deer Permit sales

    Starting in October, surplus Antlerless Deer Permits will be available for sale, until they have all sold out in each Wildlife Management Zone. You can purchase a surplus permit through MassFishHunt, at authorized license vendor locations, or at a MassWildlife office.

More info

Antlerless Deer: Any deer without antlers or any deer with both antlers less than 3 inches long measured on a straight line form the center of the front base of the antler burr to the tip.

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