Antlerless deer permit notification cards were mailed to deer hunters in mid-August. All applicants selected for their Wildlife Management Zone (WMZ) of choice were notified of their permit with a white postcard. To ensure receipt of the permit by archery season, the postcard and $5 fee made out to "Comm. of Mass- Deer" must be returned by September 3, 2010 to: "Deer Permit" MassWildlife FHQ, 1 Rabbit Hill Road, Westborough, MA 01581.
Applicants not selected for their WMZ of choice were sent green postcards in mid-August to allow them to re-apply in WMZs where permit allocations exceeded applications. Re-applicants may circle and rank up to three choices for Wildlife Management Zones. Due to a limited number of permits available in certain WMZs, re-applicants should send in their postcards as soon as possible since re-applicant requests are processed on a first-come, first-served basis. WMZ 9 permits are no longer available due to the re-application process. Re-applicants may choose from WMZ's 10, 11, 13, and 14 only.
The final opportunity for obtaining an antlerless deer permit, or acquiring additional permits, will occur October 12, 2010, when remaining permits will be available for over-the-counter sales. The only zones for which permits will be available for purchase will be WMZ 10, 11, 13 and 14. Details will be posted in the Antlerless Permit Update area of the agency website.
Bear hunters who applied for a permit should have received their permits in the mail. Bear hunters who have not yet received their permit should leave a message with DFW Permit Specialist Lori Cookman at (508) 389-6339. Bear permit applications, located on the duplicate copy of the paper hunting and sporting licenses, may still be mailed in with the $5 fee Make checks out to: "Comm. of Mass-Bear". Only online license holders may purchase a bear permit on line. Bear permits are also available at the MassWildlife Westborough Field Headquarters and the District Offices located in Pittsfield, Belchertown, W. Boylston and Acton. Hunters must bring their hunting license and the $5.00 fee to obtain an over-the-counter bear permit. MassWildlife's Southeast District Office in Bourne will not be issuing bear permits.
The 2010 September bear season opens September 7 and ends on September 25. The November season begins on November 1 and ends on November 20, 2010.