The deadline to apply for a Vermont muzzleloader antlerless deer hunting permit is fast approaching – August 26.

Hunters can apply on the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department’s website,, or with a paper application available from license agents.

Applying online automatically enters you to win one of 10 $50 Cabela’s gift cards.

As in the past, a person may apply in the lottery category or as a landowner. However, it is a violation for a landowner to apply for a landowner antlerless permit if they are posting their land against hunting. Fish & Wildlife will be closely monitoring landowner applications and listing permit winners in both categories on its website.

Hunting for antlerless deer will be statewide for the October 1-28 and December 3-11 archery season. Last year, hunters took 2,618 antlerless deer during the archery season.

One deer of either sex is allowed for youths during the November 5-6 youth weekend hunt. Youths took 761 antlerless deer during the 2015 youth weekend hunt.

Prior to the start of this year’s dear seasons, Fish & Wildlife expects the statewide deer population to be about 145,000.