Maine Hunting News

First Junior Deer Hunts
This year, for the first time ever in Maine, junior hunters get their own day for deer hunting on Saturday, October 26. Hunters that are 10 and older and younger than 16 and possess a junior hunting license (either resident and non-resident) can hunt deer on this day if they are under the direct supervision of a parent, guardian or a qualified adult.
Outdoor Report
The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife (IFW) has released a report on the outdoor and hunting conditions throughout the state. If you are currently hunting or planning on hunting in Maine, the report might have useful information for you.
Any Deer Permit Drawing Complete
Hunters were selected today in the annual Any Deer permit drawing. 76,989 Any Deer Permits were issued, including 10,004 bonus permits and 9,636 landowner permits along with the 57, 349 regular Any Deer permits.
Any-deer Permit Application Deadline Nears
Hunters wishing to hunt deer of either sex this season are reminded that their any-deer permit applications must be postmarked no later than August 1, or received at the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife headquarters by 5:00 p.m. on August 1. Hunters can also apply online at www.mefishwildlife.com by 5:00 p.m. on August 1. To apply, you must have a current hunting license and you can apply just once.
Youth Field Days
Have you ever wanted to teach a child outdoor skills that can thrill them for a lifetime but wondered where and how you could do this? This year, the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife is sponsoring four Youth Field Days that give children ages 8-15 the chance to learn these outdoor skills in a safe, structured, fun-filled environment.
Youth Deer Hunting Day
Young deer hunters will get a day of their own, archers will get their shot at a fall turkey, and there will be 76,575 any deer permits available to the deer hunters this year. Each of these proposed rules were adopted by the Commissioner's advisory council in Augusta.
Any-Deer Permit Increases Recommended
After reviewing data associated with last year's deer harvest and combining it with population objectives designed by the public, the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife biologists have recommended an increase in the number of Any-Deer permits for the 2002 season. This year, IFW is recommending 76,575 any-deer permits which is an increase by 22,000 from the 54,406 permits issued last year.
Deer Harvest and Population Down
Maine's 2001 deer harvest was down by 25% from 2000 due to several factors, including a population decline from the severe 2001 winter. Overall, 27,769 deer were registered during 2001. Statewide, deer harvest decreased by 25% (9,116 deer) in 2001, compared to the previous year (36,885). IFW biologists estimate that Maine's wintering population of deer declined by 18% from 292,000 in the beginning of winter 2001, to 241,000 in the winter of 2002.
Winter Effects Big Game
Maine's IFW has written up a report on the condition of their state's white-tail, moose, and black bear. Last year a heavy winter has a high mortality rate on white-tail heads so the IFW is monitoring all heads carefully, although the jury is still out on this winter.
Moose Permit Deadline April 1
Those who want to hunt moose in the state of Maine are reminded that the deadline for Moose Permit Applications is April 1. Completed applications must be postmarked no later than midnight on April 1 or delivered to Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife headquarters at 284 State Street in Augusta by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, April 1.