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Massachusetts deer and bear permit applications due July 16

From the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife

-- Deer hunters are reminded that to be able to take antlerless deer during any deer hunting season, they must possess an antlerless deer permit. The application deadline is July 16. Applications postmarked after July 16 will not be accepted.

Antlerless deer permit applications are found on paper licenses bought over the counter.  Because of to a printing problem this year, the line next to the name was not printed on the paper application and hunters have not included their names on the application. The Division reminds hunters to be sure to print their name on the antlerless deer permit application.  

Hunters who apply through the mail should be sure to double check that all name and mailing information has been printed on the application prior to mailing.  Internet license buyers need to access the Mass Outdoors website and apply at Only online license holders may apply for any permits through Mass Outdoors. Mass Wildlife cautions deer hunters to refrain from assuming large quantities of over the counter permits will be available after permits are sent out.

The deadline for bear permit applications is also July 16, and applications can be found on the duplicate license certificate of the over the counter license or online for Mass Outdoors license buyers. A mass mailing of these permits will be sent out in August. Applicants are reminded again that only online license holders may apply through the website for a permit.

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