MONTPELIER (AP) - Hunters have until the end of next week to apply for a muzzleloader permit to hunt antlerless deer in December.

The deadline to apply is Friday, Aug. 15.

Hunters can apply online on the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department's website or they can fill out a paper application available from license agents.

The department encourages applicants to use the online application because it's more efficient.

The state will be giving out 17,050 permits for the muzzleloader antlerless deer season.