Maine Any-Deer Permits, Lowest in Years

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After two harsh winters in 2008 and 2009 the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife realized they needed to work on management to help increase the numbers of their whitetail deer. They decided to reduce their any-deer or doe permits to try to help bring back the population.

The Inland Fisheries and Wildlife council voted, 9 to 0, to reduce the number of permits by 46%. 26,390 permits will be issued through a lottery this summer according to The Morning Sentinel. This is the lowest number of any-deer permits released since 1998 when the department switched to 30 hunting districts. There were very few negative comments, most people were on board with the decision. Some were worried about lost revenue from the permits, but the council believed this was of greater priority and revenue might be found through other avenues.


ndemiter's picture

i don't really like to see

i don't really like to see permit numbers cut in half, but when you consider everything, that change in population reduction is guaranteed to make the deer numbers meet managment goals. it would have been better to see the permit numbers cut by 15-25% instead of nearly half, but like i said, this stratagey is going to pay off soon. if we could extrapolate what dder numbers will be after even 1 or 2 years of this, i'd bet it's gigantic.

even though we don't like to see it, i'm glad to see a state stepping forward and doing what it needs to guarantee the safety of their deer herds. other states (like utah or nevada) have very long term goals for population managment that it seems like their objectives could be reached with one year of reduced tags for every unit. even if they only did this to 1 unit a year, over several years, this will make a gigantic difference.

in fact i hope to see other states like kansas, nebraska, utah, and oregon do this. it's an inconvenience to hunters, but what a fantastic difference it could make to western mule-deer hunters who've been struggling with exactly the same issues (high winter kills)

the only other place i've seen such aggressive tactics are with waterfowl managment areas. by alternating refuge areas in key habitat areas, you can have great hunting and great population recruitment. i'm surprised more places aren't trying it. 

hunter25's picture

Although everyone hates to

Although everyone hates to see the number of permits cut back and face the chance of not getting a tag that they are used to getting it is good to see that there were very few complaints. It is also good to see that the state of Maine was more concerned with the future of the deer herd than they were with the current loss of revenue. It appears that the state and sportsmen both have put the future ahead of the present.

Good job guys and I hope things recover quickly for you up there.