The following persons are exempt and are not required to have quota hunt permits to participate in many wildlife management area (WMA) hunts:
- Residents age 65 or older;
- Residents with Disabled Person Hunting and Fishing Certificates;
- Residents in the U.S. Armed Services stationed out of state and home on leave for 30 days or less;
- Children under age 16
Due to lease agreements, size and other factors, some areas do not allow exemptions. Hunts where exempt persons must have quota permits are shown in bold print on the quota hunt worksheets.
Hunts where exempt persons must have quota permits are also indicated by "(no exemptions)" under Quota Permit Information in the individual WMA brochures .
Exempt hunters who want to be included in antlerless deer permit drawings for applicable WMA quota hunts that allow exemptions must apply online during phase I and must be successful in the quota random drawing.
One child under the age of 16 may accompany any quota permit holder age 18 or older on hunts with no exemptions, provided that the youth and the permit holder share a single bag limit. A non-hunting adult age 18 or older may accompany a child under age 16 on any hunts that allow children to hunt without a quota permit or any hunt for which the child has a quota permit.
The non-hunting supervisor is not required to have any license or permits. A mentor license holder (their hunting license indicates "Hunter Safety Deferral") may accompany any quota permit holder age 21 or older who has a hunting license, but the mentor license holder and the quota permit holder share a single bag limit.
A supervisor age 21 or older who has a hunting license may accompany any mentor license holder (their hunting license indicates "Hunter Safety Deferral") who has a quota permit, but they both must share a single bag limit.
A child with an adult quota permit holder, a mentor license holder with a quota permit holder and a mentor license supervisor with a mentor license holder with a quota permit do not need a guest permit. A quota permit holder may only bring one additional hunter: either a child, a mentor license holder, a mentor license supervisor or a quest permit holder.
For more information about guest permits see Guest Permits.