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Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Announces Online Any-Deer Permit Lottery


Applications for 2018 any-deer (antlerless) permit lottery are now
available online from the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and
Wildlife. To apply online, visit
Online applications are due by 11:59 P.M. on August 15, 2018.

It is free to apply for the any-deer permit lottery. The drawing will be
held on September 7, 2018 and results will be posted on the Department's

For this coming deer season, a total 84,745 any-deer permits are
proposed for 22 of the state's 29 wildlife management districts across
the state, an increase of 28%. Last year, there were 66,050 permits
available to hunters. Hunters who do not receive an Any-Deer permit are
only allowed to shoot an antlered deer (with some exceptions during
archery season and on youth day).

This year, make sure you also apply for a bonus permit, as there are
likely to be wildlife management districts where there are more any-deer
permits available than there are hunters who apply for them. In these
districts, hunters can get a bonus antlerless permit for no charge if
they apply and are selected. Last year, bonus permits were awarded in
WMDs 20, 21, 22, 24, and 29 which are located in southern, central and
coastal Maine.

Hunter success rates are much higher for those with an any-deer permit.
Generally, success rates for deer hunters in Maine hover around 15% but
those with an any-deer permit harvested a deer over 20% of the time.

Permit numbers are increasing in nine southern and central wildlife
management districts, are decreasing in 11 WMDs and staying the same in
nine WMDs. You can find the complete numbers at
The permit numbers reflect that the 2017-18 winter was more moderate in
central and southern Maine, while up north the winter was a little more
severe than years past.

The department uses the any-deer permit system to manage the
white-tailed deer population in the state. The ability to enact change
in the state's deer populations derives from the ability to increase, or
decrease, the number of breeding female deer on the landscape. By
controlling the harvest of female deer in the 29 regional wildlife
management districts throughout the state, biologists can manage
population trends.

Deer hunters in Maine harvested 27,233 deer in 2017, the highest total
in the last ten years and an increase of 15% from 2016. Maine's deer
hunt is broken down into several seasons for firearm hunters,
muzzleloaders and bowhunters. Most deer are harvested during the general
firearms season (23,288), which started on October 28th and continued
until November 25. Bowhunters took 2,099 deer, and hunters took 970 deer
during the muzzleloading season. Maine's junior hunters were also very
successful on youth day, with 876 youth hunters taking a deer this year.

Deer hunting in Maine provides many Maine families with wild game meat
that is high in nutrition, sustainable, free range, and organic. On
average, a 150-pound field dressed deer will provide close to 70 pounds
of meat.

Deer hunting season (firearms) begins with Youth Deer Hunting Day on
Saturday, October 20, 2018. Youth may take a buck statewide or an
antlerless deer only in the wildlife management districts where any-deer
permits will be issued this fall.

This year, Maine Residents Only Day is on Saturday, October 27, 2018 and
regular firearms season for deer runs October 29 through November 24,
2018. Once again this year, a nonresident who owns 25 or more acres of
land in Maine and leaves land open to hunting, holds a valid hunting
license, and is not otherwise prohibited by law, may hunt deer on the
Resident only day.

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