Antlerless Deer Permits
For Wildlife Management Areas
Antlerless deer permits for most wildlife management areas are issued through the Quota Hunt Program. Most management areas allow the harvest of antlerless deer during the archery season (check specific area regulations). Taking antlerless deer during muzzleloading gun or general gun seasons 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. During the crossbow, muzzleloading gun, general gun and special archery/muzzleloading gun seasons on private land, 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.
2019-2020 season applications and renewals can be submitted beginning on May 15, 2019.
Renew your permit online! Use the application link at the bottom of this page to apply for a permit or to renew a permit. Landowner permission is required with each year’s application unless you have a recurring lease on file with FWC (and which specifies the duration of the lease).
What this permit allows:
The harvest or 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 on 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, and only during established legal hunting seasons (Crossbow, Muzzleloading Gun, General Gun, and Special Archery/Muzzleloading Gun) and hours.
- Each person taking an antlerless deer shall, immediately upon harvesting the deer and before loading said deer upon conveyance, fasten and lock an antlerless deer tag to the hide 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 with these rules.
- Failure to comply with these requirements would be a violation of FWC rule and may result in a citation.
Information you should have available to apply for this permit:
- Information about the property being hunted, including a property description map showing the location of the property and boundaries. All maps should be clearly outlined and labeled with the property name and permit details, including roadways leading to the property.
Note: Please review these map samples to better understand the preferred map documentation.
- Contact information for the landowner(s) is required on the application, and landowner permission is required with each year’s application. If the applicant is not the landowner, a copy of the hunting lease or written permission from the landowner for hunting the property is also required.
- If applying using a depredating deer permit, a copy of the depredating deer permit is also required.
When to apply:
Applications for antlerless deer permits are accepted online or by mail beginning on May 15 and until seven weeks prior to the first day of the archery season in the hunting zone where the property is located.
Read the guidelines below and print out a copy of the application form, or apply online using the instructions and links at the bottom of this webpage.
Applicants who held a permit in a prior season will receive the same permit number issued the previous year(s) when applying as a Renewal.
How to apply for this permit:
- Click on Apply Online for Antlerless Deer Permit below. This will take you to a login screen.
- If you have previously applied online for an FWC antlerless deer permit for private lands or other specialized permit or certification, enter your username and password or other identifying information, then click on your 'AD number' and Renew. If you have not previously applied for an FWC permit, click on Register. Enter the requested information and create your username and password.
- Enter your username and password to login.
- Enter the requested information.
- Submit your application.
What happens next:
- Your application will be reviewed by FWC staff.
- If you supplied an e-mail address, you will receive notification of approval for the permit, or a request for additional information. If you do not supply an e-mail address, you will need to return to the site periodically to determine your status.
- Once your permit is approved, sign on to the application site by clicking Apply Online button below and then print the permit.
- After printing the document, read and sign the permit. Remember: An identifying antlerless deer tag must be locked on each harvested deer. Harvest reports are no longer required, but law enforcement personnel, at their discretion, shall be granted access to lands described in the permit to ensure compliance with all rules.
*On-line helpful hint for previous applicants: If you have 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’ and would have started with AD followed by a series 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 online 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, please call 850-488-3641.