Deer hunters who use a firearm or muzzleloader in a lottery area and want to harvest an antlerless deer must apply for an either-sex permit by the Thursday, Sept. 8, deadline established by the DNR. Deadlines for firearm and muzzleloader special hunts also are Sept. 8.
Hunters can apply for an either-sex permit in lottery deer areas using both their firearm and muzzleloader licenses. Although a hunter can be selected for both permits, successful applicants still can only take one deer. Hunters may apply for an either-sex permit through any DNR license agent or by calling 888-665-4236.
The change for 2011 is that the either-sex permit will be valid for both the firearm and muzzleloader season; however, a hunter must have a valid license for that season and the bag limit remains one deer.
2011 lottery deer areas are 103, 108, 119, 234, 235, 237, 238, 250, 251, 252, 253, 274, 275, 276, 277, 278, 279, 280, 281, 282, 283, 284, 285, 286, 288, 289, 290, 291, 294, 295, 296 and 299.
"Every year we estimate deer numbers using a population model that considers harvest and over-winter survival," said Lou Cornicelli, DNR big game program coordinator. "We use that information to determine which areas will be designated as lottery."
In lottery deer areas, firearms and muzzleloader hunters may only harvest a buck unless they apply for and receive an either-sex permit, which allows them to harvest an antlerless deer.
For special hunts, a person may draw both a firearm and muzzleloader permit. A complete list of the spepcial hunt tables is available on the DNR website.
All lottery winners will receive permits via U.S. mail.