Maine Any-Deer Permits, Lowest in Years
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.