I've got a few buddies that live in Maine and I happen to be a big fan of Maine hunting for both deer and bear. I've not hunted deer in Maine for many years now (15+), but did enjoy a modicum of success over my 6 years of deer hunting there tagging two nice bucks in the process.
My question pertains to Maine's deer herd now and the seemingly low success ratio that seems to be the norm the last several years. I have talked with hunters who rarely even see deer while hunting and who have even gone a season without a single sighting.
I know the deer population varies widely between southern Maine and the big woods of northern Maine, but is there something else afoot? Could the proliferation of moose be harming the deer, by eating browse up to a level where deer can no longer feed? Could the lack, for many years now, of no spring bear season mean bears have free roam during the fawn dropping springtime? Is the coyote population such that it's harming the deer numbers too?
Any information would be greatly appreciated!