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Maine Biologists Propose All-Time Record 109,890 Any-Deer Permits

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Posted 21 May 2020 - 07:52 PM

Nathan Bieber, the DIF&W’s deer biologist, said that after a mild winter that favored deer survival, and several years of the state’s hunters not removing enough does from the landscape, the decision was made to propose the increases. Although any-deer permit numbers are set at the Wildlife Management District level, Bieber said that statewide, the 2019 antlerless deer harvest was 25 percent below the amount needed to maintain a stable deer population. That consistent under-harvest has led to a sex ratio — the number of adult does to adult bucks — that is much higher than the desired 2-to-1, and approaches 3-to-1 in some districts. In real numbers, that’s an increase of 41,745 from the 68,145 permits handed out in 2019, and more than 25,000 more any-deer permits than have ever been issued under the system in Maine in a single year. The proposal was heard at Wednesday’s advisory council meeting. Public comment is expected to begin in late May, and the proposal will be revisited by the council on July 7.

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