Any-Deer Permit FAQ

Q. When is the deadline to submit the any-deer permit applications?

A. You can apply online until 11:59 p.m. on August 15, 2018.

Q. When do you mail the lottery applications?

A. The Department no longer mails paper applications for the Any-Deer permit lottery to those who applied the previous year.

Everyone is strongly encouraged to help the Department in its efforts to save money by applying for the Any-Deer permit lottery using the online application process. The online application process is quick and easy. Applicants will get instant confirmation of their entry into the lottery.

If an applicant does not have access to a computer or the Internet at home, the Department has the following suggestions for applying online:

  • Use a computer at work during lunch or a break.
  • Use a computer at your local library or Internet café.
  • Ask a friend or relative with a computer for help in applying.

Application deadline online only: August 15, 2018. Apply online until 11:59 P.M. August 15, 2018.
(Note: Residents applying to hunt on their own land without a license, and applicants with a legal residence outside the U.S. or Canada may not apply for an any-deer permit online but can request a paper application to be mailed to them.)

Q. I notice on the application that I have to fill in my license number before completing my any-deer permit application but I’m a nonresident and have not purchased my license yet. What should I do?

A. You can apply online for your hunting license, and then once you have printed your license, you can apply online for the any-deer permit.

Please note: If you are purchasing your license online you need to have Adobe Acrobat in order to print the license on your home computer. If you do not have Adobe Acrobat or cannot download a version, please mail your lottery and license applications to us.

Q. Which number on my license is the license number?

A. If you have a handwritten license issued by a license agent, your license number is the number directly under the bar code in the upper left corner of your license. If you have ordered your license over the internet or purchased it from an electronic license agent, the number is printed in the upper left corner of the license.

Q. I see that we can now list three districts that we want to be drawn in. How does that work?

A. When your name is drawn we will give you your first choice. If all permits have been assigned already, then we will go to your second choice, etc. If you only want one district, only fill in your first choice - do not fill in the same number in all three choices.

Q. What does WMD stand for?

A. WMD stands for Wildlife Management District. You will see the districts on the map on your any-deer application. See Wildlife Management Districts.

Q. What is the age limit for applying for a permit?

A. There is no longer an age limit to apply for an any-deer permit. Residents and nonresidents under 16 years of age with a junior hunting license may apply for an any-deer permit.

Q. Your application no longer carries a description of the districts. Where can I get the boundary descriptions?

A. See Wildlife Management Districts. Also, a list of towns and the district they are in is also available.

Q. What are bonus deer permits and how do I get one? Which districts have them?

A. We allocate a certain number of permits per district depending on the deer herd in that area. Some districts have no permits issued because of the low number of deer in that area. Sometimes not enough people apply in a district and we have leftover permits. The leftover permits are called bonus deer permits.

Note: Bonus antlerless permits must be paid for before a permit swap can take place.

Q. How will I know when the drawing is held and if I have been drawn?

A. The drawing will be held on September 7, 2018. We post the winners names on our web site after the drawing.

Q. How do I transfer my permit?

A. Residents can transfer to residents and non-residents can transfer to non-residents. Please note that junior hunters may take a deer of either sex only in those WMDs with Any-Deer permits on the youth deer hunting day, so you may want to wait to see if they harvest a deer on the youth deer hunting day before you consider transferring your permit over to them. You may do the transfer online, or fill out the Transfer Request Form. When you receive the new permit number, the transfer is complete and you may give the number to the transferee. (Note: Only one transfer or swap is allowed.)

Q. Can I edit my application after it has been submmitted?

A. Yes, you can edit an application that you have submitted online up until the application deadline. You will need to have your confirmation number from your online Any-deer application before starting. Go to the initial application area. Enter your information as though it was your first application. The system will prompt you for your confirmation number. Enter your confirmation number and click on the "Edit my Application" icon. Your application will appear for editing.

Q. If I tag out in arhcery season, but did not fill my any - deer permit can I still transfer it to someone else?

A. Yes, you can still transfer it before the start of firearms season on deer.

Q. Can I fill my bonus tag before my regular permit?

A. Yes you can, there is no order in which your tags have to be filled.