Lowest deer harvest since 1987 expected in Maine

Posted Oct. 29, 2008, at 2:35 p.m.
Last modified March 20, 2011, at 6:17 a.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — State wildlife officials say the harvest from next month’s deer season is projected to be the smallest in more than two decades because of the heavy toll of last winter’s harsh conditions on the deer herd.

Hunters are expected to kill about 24,000 deer during the season, which begins Saturday for residents and Monday for nonresidents.

Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife spokeswoman Deborah Turcotte said that would be the lowest number since 1987.

Hunters last year harvested 28,884 deer, which is in line with Maine’s 20-year average.

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