An antlerless deer is a deer with no antlers or with antlers that are both less than 7.5 cm (3 inches) long. Generally, antlerless deer include adult female deer and fawns of both sexes.

Hunters who receive an antlerless deer tag through the draw are permitted to harvest their choice of either an antlerless deer in the wildlife management unit specified on the tag or an antlered deer anywhere in the province during the open season – except for during a controlled hunt.

Before you apply

Choose where to hunt

  1. Find the list of wildlife management units with a resident open season on pages 40-43 of the Ontario Hunting Regulations Summary.
  2. Choose your preferred wildlife management unit to hunt in, and a second choice (if you have one).

Note: in areas with controlled deer hunt, antlerless validations are for the bow only seasons and apply to any sub-WMUs within a unit (for example, are for WMU 90, which includes WMUs 90A and 90B)

Buy your licence

You can buy your deer licence:

  • before you apply to the draw
  • at the same time as you apply to the draw

If you have already bought your deer licence, you can apply to the draw until June 30, 2022:

If the draw application period has closed, you can buy a deer licence (to harvest an antlered deer only):

Apply online

The online option to apply for the antlerless deer draw will be available from 8:30 a.m. on March 1 until 11:59 p.m. on June 30, 2022. Learn about the steps for applying online.

To create an online account, you will need your:

  • Outdoors Card number
  • date of birth
  • postal code.

To access an online account that you already have, you will need one of the following:

  • Outdoors Card number
  • email address and password

To buy your deer licence, you will need:

  • credit card
  • expiry date
  • CVV

Step 1: Select “Deer Licence” to purchase a deer licence

  • Once the deer licence is selected a pop-up window will appear reminding the client about mandatory hunter reporting.
  • Click Close to return to Sale & Draws page.
  • To apply to the antlerless deer draw choose Yes! Add this product.

screenshot of a pop-up window asking if client would like to enter the antlerless deer draw with three options, ‘yes, add this product,’ ‘cancel,’ or ‘No Thanks! Continue with original selection.’

Step 2: Choose where to hunt

  • You must choose where to hunt by selecting your preferred WMU (a second choice is optional).
  • Be sure to click Confirm and add to cart before you check out your shopping cart.

screenshot of draw entry with a pop-up window asking for hunt choice 1 and 2.

Step 3: Review your shopping cart

  • Your shopping cart will display your WMU choice 1 and 2 for the draw entry.

screenshot of collect payment and issue products page, featuring the shopping cart and client information.

  • Once you have confirmed your choices, enter your credit card information and click the Complete transaction button at the bottom of the page to submit.
  • Once you have completed the purchase, your sales receipt will display your confirmation of entering the draw.
  • Your sales receipt and updated licence summary will automatically be emailed to the email address on file once your transaction is complete.

screenshot of the sales receipt, featuring printing instructions, items purchased, and email instructions.

Apply online

Apply by phone

  1. Call the automated phone line at 1-800-288-1155.
  2. Purchase a deer licence and apply to the antlerless deer draw.
  3. Record the authorization number you receive at the end of the call.

Apply in person

  1. Visit a participating ServiceOntario location or a licence issuer.
  2. Check your receipt before leaving the counter to verify your choices are entered correctly.

Get draw results

Draw results are available starting August 1:

If you receive an antlerless validation, you can harvest either:

  • an antlerless deer or an antlered deer in the WMU specified on the tag
  • an antlered deer anywhere in the province during the open season – except during a controlled deer hunt

Receive your licence tag

All hunters who purchased a deer licence and entered into the antlerless draw before the deadline will be able to print their tag online, or have their tag printed by a licence issuer or participating ServiceOntario location once tags are available for printing. Review a list of printing dates on page 5 of the Ontario Hunting Regulations Summary.

If you will be hunting on private land on Barrie Island, Cockburn Island or Manitoulin Island in the Territorial District of Manitoulin, you need to complete the landowner consent form and get the signature of the landowner. You need to carry the signed form with you while hunting.

How to print your tags

Please ensure your printer is connected to your device and is fully operational with paper loaded before you print your licence summary and tag(s). Please set your printer to print single-sided only. You will only have one opportunity to print your tags at home.

Step 1: login to your account

screenshot of Fish and Wildlife Licensing Service’s login screen.

Step 2: My active licences

  • Select My Active Licenses link, which is located at the top of the page.
  • The print indicators found under the Printable Tag column include:
    • Yes indicates that the tag is available for printing
    • Pending indicates a purchased tag that is not yet available for printing
    • Printed indicates a tag that has been printed

screenshot of My Active Licences webpage featuring available documents for print.

Step 3: print your tags

  1. Select the Print Available Documents
  2. A current licence summary and available tags will display as a PDF and will open in a separate tab or window.
  3. Select Print from the opened window.