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Proposal would boost Maine’s deer hunting permits by 59 perc

PostPosted: Sat May 07, 2016 7:55 am
by Tom Nolette
Proposal would boost Maine’s deer hunting permits by 59 percent
The deer herd is looking robust in many parts of Maine after a mild winter, biologists say.

AUGUSTA — State wildlife biologists on Wednesday proposed increasing the number of any-deer hunting permits issued by 59 percent after an unseasonably mild winter allowed the state’s deer population to swell in some regions.

If approved, the proposed permit allotment would increase by 16,985 to a total of 45,755 this season, up from 28,770 last year. Any-deer permits are distributed through a lottery, as are moose-hunting permits, and it is competitive.

The proposed increase comes on the heels of a 23 percent decrease last season following back-to-back harsh winters. It was the second decrease in as many years. The 2015 allotment was only the fourth to fall below 30,000 permits since the any-deer permit system was implemented 31 years ago. ... 9-percent/
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