Maine hoping hunters harvest at least 7,000 does this fall

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Maine hoping hunters harvest at least 7,000 does this fall

Postby MBRer » Sat Oct 28, 2017 3:51 am

Maine hoping hunters harvest at least 7,000 does this fall to cull deer herd
The white-tail population has grown nearly 20 percent over the past decade, leading the state to allot 66,050 permits for the season that opens Saturday – the most since 2007 and a 130 percent increase from 2015.

...Maine’s 2017 deer season for firearm hunters begins Saturday and runs through Nov. 25, followed by muzzleloader season, which ends Dec. 2. The state has allotted 66,050 any-deer permits this year, the highest number since 2007. It’s a 130 percent increase from two years ago, when 28,770 permits were issued.

Lee Kantar, a biologist with the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, said this year’s boost in permits is needed to achieve a desired doe harvest of 7,000. Last year, 5,176 does were harvested after a permit allotment of 45,625; in 2015, 4,486 does were harvested.

http://www.pressherald.com/2017/10/28/m ... deer-herd/
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