The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife currently is accepting applications online for the Any-Deer Permit Lottery.
The Department will be issuing 45,385 permits this year to residents, non-residents, landowners, Superpack holders in these Wildlife Management District only: 15-17; 20-26, 29. It is "Bucks Only" in any Wildlife Management District not listed.
In an effort to reduce our costs, the Department no longer will mail paper applications beginning this year. Interested customers are strongly encouraged to apply online. The process is quick and easy, and applicants will get instant confirmation of their entry into the lottery.
The application deadline for persons applying at the Department or mailing in a paper application is July 31 at 5 p.m. Applications must be postmarked by July 31 or hand-delivered to us by 5 p.m. on July 31.
The application deadline for ONLINE applicants only is 11:59 p.m. on August 17.
The drawing will be held in September.
Applicants must possess a valid Maine license to hunt big game in order to apply or a valid Superpack license to apply for a Superpack Deer Permit. (This applies to Maine residents only.)
If an applicant does not have access to a computer or the Internet at home, we offer the following suggestions:
If those options are not available, please visit one of our 840 licensing agents and they will assist you in applying online. There is an additional $2 processing fee if you apply online through an agent.
If for any reason an applicant cannot apply online, we offer these options:
The address is:
Any-Deer Permit Application Request
Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife
41 State House Station
284 State St.
Augusta, ME 04333-0041
If you applied for an Any-Deer permit last year, all of your information is pre-filled into this year's online application. To start, type in your first name, last name and date of birth as you printed it on last year's application. We'll look up your information. Please review your personal data and make any necessary changes. It's easy!
If you fill out an application this year - and happen to move or change your phone number before the application deadline - you can go online and edit your previously submitted Any-Deer permit application.
Once you've filled out your application, you'll be able to print out a confirmation page. Also, a confirmation will be e-mailed to you. This way you have a printed record of the day/time of your application as well as all of the information you provided to us.
Bonus Deer permits ONLY will be awarded in Wildlife Management Districts where there are more permits available than applications received. Last year, no Bonus Deer permits were available.
If you do not want to apply for an Any-Deer permit but would like to apply for a Bonus Deer should permits become available, make sure you designate a Wildlife Management District choice. No WMD changes can be made after the drawing.
For more information about the Any-Deer Permit Lottery, visit our website at www.mefishwildlife.com  and click on "2009 Any-Deer Permit Permit Lottery Apply Now" in the center area of the screen.