In an effort to conserve the Maine deer population, any-deer tags have been reduced by 46%. Hunters are allowed one antlered deer annually, but this year the any-deer tags have been almost cut in half.
The winters of 2008 and 2009 took a toll on Maine's deer population. Maine is working with land owners on deer habitat and also help with controlling predation on the deer.
The regular firearm 2011 season opens this Saturday for residents, the following Monday for non-residents. The season will end November 26th, which then opens the muzzleloader season. 12,000 antlered bucks and close to 5,000 antlerless deer are expected to be harvested during the seasons. From MPBN.com .