The deadline is fast approaching for online applications for the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife’s Any-Deer (Antlerless) Permit Lottery.
Applications are due by 11:59 p.m. on Monday, August 15. It is free to apply for the any-deer permit lottery. The drawing will be held on September 9.
To apply, go to www.mefishwildlife.com  and select “Any Deer Permit” on the top of the home page.
The deadline for paper applications has past. This year the Department is issuing 26,390 Any-Deer Permits. It is Bucks Only in all other Wildlife Management Districts.
The permit allocation is: 18,378 for residents; 6,599 for landowners; 1,181 for non-residents; and 232 for Superpack holders. (Superpack and landowners must meet certain requirements. See the Department’s website for more information.)
The 12 wildlife management districts where any-deer (antlerless) deer may be hunted this year, with a permit, are 13, 15, 16, 17, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26 and 29.
Deer hunting season (firearms) begins with Youth Deer Hunting Day on Oct. 22. Youth may take a buck statewide or an antlerless deer only in the wildlife management districts where any-deer permits will be issued this fall.
This year, Maine Residents Only Day is on Saturday, Oct. 29, and deer season runs Oct. 31 through Nov. 26.
For more information, visit www.mefishwildlife.com  or call (207) 287-8000.