For wildlife management areas
Antlerless deer permits for most wildlife management areas are issued through the Quota Hunt Program. Most management areas allow the taking of antlerless deer during the archery season (check specific area regulations). Taking antlerless deer during muzzleloading gun season or general gun season on most wildlife management areas requires an antlerless deer quota permit.
For private lands
On private lands, an antlerless deer permit is not required during the established antlerless deer seasons. On private lands; during the crossbow, muzzleloading gun, general gun and special archery/muzzleloading gun seasons; a permit and tags are required to take any deer (except spotted fawn) that is without antlers or whose antlers are less than 5 inches in length visible above the hairline .
What this permit allows:
- Take of antlerless deer during the established deer hunting season (in addition to those that may be taken during the statewide or zonal seasons when antlerless are legal game) on the property identified in the permit as specified in the conditions of the permit.
What this permit does NOT allow:
- Taking antlerless deer on wildlife management areas or any property not identified on the permit.
- Taking any deer outside the established hunting seasons for the zone where the property is located.
Requirements and conditions:
- Landowners must own at least 640 acres or not less than 150 acres if the property is adjoining land already receiving antlerless deer permits. A group of adjoining landowners also may apply together, provided the total combined acreage is at least 640 acres.
- Landowners who cultivate agricultural crops are the exception to the above requirement and are exempt from these minimum acreage requirements if they have been issued a depredating deer permit within the past year to take deer for crop-depredation control.
- All deer shall be taken only by an individual possessing a valid hunting license and required permits (unless exempt) in accordance with established bag and possession limits, only during established legal hunting season (General Gun, Archery, Crossbow, Muzzleloading Gun, and Special Archery/Muzzleloading Gun) and hours.
- Each person taking an antlerless deer shall, immediately upon killing the deer and before loading said deer upon conveyance, fasten and lock an antlerless deer tag to the carcass of the deer. Antlerless deer may not be possessed unless an identifying tag has been affixed to the carcass. Each tag shall remain affixed until the deer is dismembered and stored at the hunter's domicile.
- Commission personnel, at their discretion, shall be granted access to lands described in the permit to ensure compliance.
Note: Harvest reports are no longer required.
Information you must have available to apply for this permit:
- Information about the property including a boundary map, a copy of a hunting lease or written permission from the landowner for hunting the property.
- Contact information for the landowner(s) will be required on the application and landowner permission is required with each year’s application.
- If applying using a depredating deer permit, a copy of the depredating deer permit.
When to Apply
Applications are accepted starting in July and until 30 days prior to the final day of general gun season in the hunting zone where the property is located. Applications are accepted on online or by mail.
New applicants: Read the requirements, conditions and instructions below. Print the Application form using the link provided at the bottom of this page. Complete the form and include all the requested information. Use it to or apply online by following the instructions the instructions below or mail it to the address provided on the form.
*Applicants who had a permit last season: Applicants who held a permit in the prior season will receive the same permit number issued the previous year(s) when applying as a 'Renewal'. Renewal instructions will be sent in July. If you provided your e-mail address last year, we will e-mail the instructions to you; otherwise, we will send a letter. Please read the renewal instructions and *helpful hint at the bottom of this page before renewing your permit using the step-by-step instructions provided below.
How to Apply
- Click on 'Apply Online' below. This will take you to a login screen.
- If you have previously applied online for an FWC antlerless deer permit for private lands, a special permit or 'disability' license enter your username and password or other identifying information; and click on your 'AD number' and 'Renew'. If you have not applied for an FWC permit before click on 'Register'. Enter the requested information and create your username and password.
- Enter your username and password.
- Enter the requested information.
- Submit your application.
- Your application will be reviewed.
- If you supplied an e-mail address you will receive notification of approval or denial of the permit. If you do not supply an e-mail address you will need to return to the site periodically to determine your status.
- If approved sign on to the application site by clicking 'Apply Online' below and print the permit.
- Read and sign permit.
Remember: An identifying tag must be locked on deer.
*On-line helpful hint for previous applicants: If you had an Antlerless Deer permit in the past, your actual permit would have included your permit number. This is what is called your 'AD number.' It would have started with AD followed by a group of numbers. Example: AD-1234. If you have this 'AD number' you never want to create a new permit for the same property, as this would give you an entirely different 'AD number' and all your previous information will not transfer over. In the on-line 'PermitMe' system, click on your previous AD permit number, and you will then see a renew button. Click on it and all your previous information will transfer over and the permit number will remain the same. If you have questions or need assistance, call 850-488-3641.