New this year:
There are two steps that must be completed by all hunters wishing to try to obtain an antlerless deer permit in 2012.
1) Apply for an antlerless deer permit by July 16
. If you are not sure if your antlerless deer permit application has been submitted, you can either check your hunting license in the Item Purchased section where you will see a line item that reads: “Antlerless Deer Permit Application- zone xx” if you have already applied OR you can log on to the MassFishHunt websiteat www.mass.gov/massfishhuntand check your customer inventory. If you have not yet applied, you can submit your application for an antlerless deer permit either through your home computer or at a local license vendor. There is no fee to apply for an antlerless deer permit.
Applying from a home computer or from your local library --
Go to the MassFishHunt website at www.mass.gov/massfishhuntand enter your Customer ID number. A page with your personal information will appear. Click on the blue “Enter Sales” button at the bottom right of your screen. Click on “Hunting Permits and Stamps” in the menu at the left side of your screen. Click on “Antlerless Deer permit application” and then select a zone. Click the blue “check out” button on this screen and then click check out again on the next screen. Even though the application has no cost associated with it YOU MUST PROCEED ALL THE WAY THROUGH CHECKOUT for the application to be submitted. Note that if you have already applied for an antlerless deer permit you will not see that option listed.
Applying at a license vendor or MassWildlife Office --
Tell the clerk that you need to apply for an antlerless deer permit. They will need either your customer identification number or your birth date to look up your information. Be sure to tell them the zone that you wish to apply for and double check that it is correct. No changes to the application can be made after the July 16th deadline has passed.
Return to MassFishHunt to participate in the new Instant Award process. Beginning August 1
, 2012 and continuing through the end of the calendar year, antlerless deer permit applicants must returnto the MassFishHunt website
a home computer,
authorized license agent location, or
to try to win theirantlerless deer permit in the zone for which they previously applied.
Enter your last name and Customer ID number. A page with your personal information will appear. Click on the blue “Enter Sales” button at the bottom right of your screen. Click on “Hunting Permits and Stamps” in the menu at the left side of your screen. Click on “Antlerless Deer permit” and you will see the zone for which you originally applied. Click on the “add” button next to your zone and you will instantly receive a message that informs you if you have won your permit or not. Winning permits will be placed in your shopping cart where you can pay the $5.00 permit fee immediately and print the permit, or leave the winning permit in the shopping cart where it will remain until payment is made or until the permit expires. All permits expire on December 31st of the year issued.
ANTLERLESS DEER PERMIT APPLICATION DEADLINE JULY 16
Deer hunters are reminded that July 16, 2012 is the deadline to apply for an antlerless deer permit; there are no exceptions. An application is required in order to participate in the instant award phase to try to win an antlerless deer permit in 2012. MassWildlife reminds applicants that with the new MassFishHunt electronic system there will no longer be a public permit drawing based on the last digit of the hunting/sporting license number and MassWildlife will no longer mail postal notifications or remittance postcards to deer hunters.