Maine Hunting News

Deer Wintering Areas
In Maine, deer select winter habitats that offer protection from the wind, lighter snow cover, and food. These winter habitats, commonly referred to as deer yards or deer wintering areas, typically contain varying amounts of mature coniferous forest stands (shelter), which are interspersed with other forest types and openings that provide forage. Deer wintering areas are essential for the survival of deer in Maine, as deer are at the northern limit of their range in Maine.
20 Face Wildlife Crime Charges
A total of 20 people were charged with numerous wildlife crimes ranging from killing multiple deer, night hunting, killing wildlife in closed seasons, hunting on posted land, shooting from a motor vehicle and driving deer towards shooters in large organized groups. As the investigation continues, more charges will follow.
Deer Kill Expected To Be In 32,000 Range
Preliminary deer harvest data collected throughout the state suggests that this year's deer kill will be in the vicinity of 32,000, up 6% from last year's kill of 30,313 but down 11% from an expected kill of 35,800.
Bear Baiting Referendum Defeated
The "No" vote marked the end of a long battle that saw proponents of the measure jump to an early lead in public opinion polls, as high as 80% in some polls, then saw it slip as the Department and its supporters started providing scientific information garnered from over 30 years of bear research in Maine to voters.
Moose Season Begins Monday
Moose hunters get their chance at a trophy starting on Monday, September 27. The first week of the two-week moose hunting season begins Monday in northern and eastern parts of the state. The second week of the split season begins on Monday, October 11in the northern two-thirds of the state.
DFW Receives $500,000 Anonymous Donation
Governor John E. Baldacci today announced one of the largest and most significant donations to the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife from a private individual. The $500,000 gift, from a woman who prefers to be identified simply as "a proud citizen of Maine", will greatly impact the Department's mission.
IFW Proposes Rule Change in Rabbit Hunting Regulations
The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife is proposing changes in "rabbit" hunting regulations. Beginning in 2004, the department is proposing that the season on New England cottontails in Maine be closed; there would be no changes to the snowshoe hare hunting season or bag limit.
Moose Lottery will be Held in June
On Wednesday, June 16, 2004, the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife will hold the annual Moose Lottery Drawing in Presque Isle at the Northeastland Hotel. The lottery is set to start at 6:00 p.m.
Wild Deer Population Shows No Signs of CWD
Maine wild deer herds show no signs of Chronic Wasting Disease. In a cooperative venture, biologists from the Maine Department ofInland Fisheries and Wildlife and animal health officials from the Maine Department of Agriculture and U. S. Department of Agriculture sampled 810 brain tissues from deer harvested through out Maine during the 2003 hunting season.
Moose Permit Application Deadline is April 1
Those who want to hunt moose in the state of Maine are reminded that the deadline for Moose Permit Applications is Thursday, April 1. Applications are available at license agents and sporting good stores throughout the state as well as the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Regional Headquarters and Augusta offices.