AUGUSTA — The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife conducted its annual any-deer permit lottery Friday and the results are available through the BDN website.
The department is issuing 48,825 any-deer (antlerless) permits this year for Wildlife Management Districts 12, 13, 15-17, 20-26, 29. It is bucks-only in all other Wildlife Management Districts.
This year’s allocation represents 3,340 more permits — a 7.5 percent increase — than last year’s number.
The permit allocation is 32,907 for residents, 12,208 for landowners, 2,649 for nonresidents and 1,061 for Superpack holders. Superpack holders and landowners must meet certain requirements. For more information about the requirements, check the DIF&W web site, www.mefishwildlife.com.
Deer hunting season (with firearms) begins with “Maine Residents Only Day” on Oct. 30. The regular firearms season runs Nov. 1 to Nov. 27.
Youth Deer Hunting Day is Oct. 23. It’s open to children older than age 10 and under age 16. Youth hunters are prohibited from taking does in wildlife management areas that did not allocate permits for antlerless deer.
The department no longer mails permits or transportation tags to permit winners. Permit winners need to record their permit number and report the permit number to the registration station when tagging their deer. It is suggested that permit winners write down their permit number and keep the number with their hunting license so it is readily available when needed at the registration station.