You've done the work and obtained your Dedicated Hunter permit for this year. What happens will depend on whether you harvest an animal.

Using your permit

After you obtain your Dedicated Hunter deer permit, your permit is valid for all of the following general seasons:

Your hunting boundary is the deer unit listed on your permit. (For additional information, please see the current Big Game Application Guidebook and review the program rules.)

If you harvest a deer, you you should attach the kill tag to your animal. Your deer hunt is now over for the year. During your three years in the Dedicated Hunter program, you may harvest a maximum of two deer — and no more than one per year. If you harvest deer in each of your first two years, you will not receive a permit the third year. Keep in mind that you are still required to complete all of your service hours.

Returning your permit

The moment your permit is issued, a harvest is automatically credited to your account. If you don't actually harvest a deer, return your permit — and its attached tag — to the DWR after the season ends. Then, the harvest will be removed from your record.

To return your permit, take it to your nearest DWR office.

For more information, see the program rules.