In this July 31, 2018, file photo, a doe and her two fawns prepare to cross a road near Bar Harbor. Credit: Robert F. Bukaty / AP

Maine wildlife officials are encouraging hunters to apply soon for a permit to participate in what could be a busy deer hunting season.

Maine biologists have proposed a record of nearly 110,000 “any deer” permits for this hunting season. Applications to participate in the lottery for a permit are due by Aug. 17.

The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife said there’s no reason for hunters to wait to apply. The drawing itself is scheduled for Sept. 11.

Biologists have proposed allowing more deer hunting to try to control the size of the state’s deer herd. Maine officials have also encouraged hunting because it’s an activity that can be practiced while social distancing.

The firearms season for deer takes place in November. The archery season lasts from September to December.