Muzzleloader Antlerless Deer Permit Applications Available

28 May 2019

Vermont’s muzzleloader season antlerless deer permit applications are now available on Vermont Fish & Wildlife’s website (  A link to the information and online applications is on the home page. 

The Fish and Wildlife Board met on May 22 and set antlerless deer permit numbers for the fall deer hunting seasons. 

Hunting for antlerless deer will be allowed statewide during the October 5 -November 1 and December 7-15 archery season.  Last year, hunters took 3,015 antlerless deer during the archery season. 

One deer of either sex would be allowed for youths during the November 9-10 youth weekend hunt.  Youths took 909 antlerless deer during the 2018 youth weekend hunt.

The December 7-15 muzzleloader season would have 23,000 antlerless permits distributed in 18 of Vermont’s 21 WMUs, which is estimated to result in 3,541 antlerless deer being taken. 

Landowners who post their land may not apply for a landowner priority muzzleloader antlerless deer permit.  They are eligible to apply in the regular lottery for an antlerless deer permit.

“The winter of 2019 was severe in central and northeastern Vermont, and in response the permit allocation is 51 percent less than 2018 in those areas,” said Nick Fortin, deer project leader for the Fish and Wildlife Department.  “Elsewhere, the permit allocation is similar to 2018 as little change is expected in the deer population in those areas.”

The deadline to apply for a muzzleloader antlerless deer permit is August 14.

For Immediate Release:  May 28, 2019

Contacts:  Nick Fortin 802-786-3860; Mark Scott, 802-777-4217; Scott Darling, 802-786-3862

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