Any-Deer Permit Application Deadline Nears

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Hunters wishing to hunt deer of either sex this season are reminded that their any-deer permit applications must be postmarked no later than July 15, or received at the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife headquarters by 5:00 p.m. on July 15. Hunters also have until 11:59 p.m. on August 1 to apply online at www.mefishwildlife.com. To apply, you must have a current hunting license and you can apply just once.

Applications are available from most license agents and all regional headquarters and offices of the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. Applications were also mailed to those who applied last year.

Hunters can now choose up to three Wildlife Management Districts for their permit, and if permits are available, they will be assigned by chance in order of their preference. If there are unallocated permits available in a district after the drawing, bonus deer permits will be issued for that WMD. Hunters must indicate on their application a WMD choice for a bonus permit to be considered. There are 72,600 permits available this year.