Deer Hunting Licences - 2021/2022 Season

Applications for Deer Hunting Licences for the 2021/2022 season, under Section 29(1) of the Wildlife Act 1976 to 2018, are now available. The following documents can now be accessed:

Licences are issued on an annual basis and cover the period from 1 August to 31 July. All Wild Deer Open Season dates must be adhered to. To ensure timely processing of applications please Apply Before 1st July 2021

This year there are two options in relation to how you fill out your application form. You can open the email application form above which will allow you to type in your information in the yellow fields. Just click into the box and start typing and it will expand as you type. You can type in your signature when finished and then save it to your own computer/laptop. You then can attach the document to an email and email it in to NPWS at deerlicences@housing.gov.ie. The second option is the same as previous years in that you can print out the manual application form above, fill it in, sign it and post it in to NPWS.

You must complete all sections of the application form. Incomplete forms will be returned to you. All application forms should contain a valid email address and the processing of your licence may be delayed where one is not provided. A typed signature on emailed applications will be accepted and treated in the same manner as a ‘wet signature’ on manual applications in signing the declaration.

Please note - Application packs will not be sent for the 2021/2022 deer hunting season at this stage due to the impact of Covid-19 on the operation of the Wildlife Licensing Unit.

Due to the current travel restrictions applicants are not required to submit a signed landowner permission form but must provide all landowner permission details on the application form. You must complete the application form and have permission from a landowner(s) to hunt deer on land of at least 100 acres (42 Hectares).

By including the name and address of the landowner and signing the declaration – you are stating that you have sought permission. 

However, if you are applying to hunt deer on your own lands, the 100 acre (42 hectare) requirement does not apply. Applicants can still provide Coillte permits with their applications.

Application forms can be submitted to deerlicences@housing.gov.ie or by post to:

Wildlife Licensing Unit
National Parks and Wildlife Service

Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage

90 North King Street
Dublin 7
D07 N7CV