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State proposes issuing 66,050 deer permits, the most in a de

PostPosted: Fri Jun 02, 2017 6:01 am
by Tom Nolette
State proposes issuing 66,050 deer permits, the most in a decade
The 44 percent jump would affect mostly southern and central Maine, where two mild winters have allowed the herd to rebound.

...Permits would increase dramatically in seven of 30 hunting districts, mostly in York County and in central Maine up along the coast to Belfast, where the white-tailed deer herd has rebounded dramatically after two mild winters, said Ryan Robicheau, supervisor of IFW’s wildlife management section.

The statewide deer herd was decimated during the harsh winters of 2008 and 2009, and as a result, the number of any-deer permits, which allow hunters to harvest bucks or does, dropped from an average of 70,000 in the early 2000s to a recent low of 26,390 in 2011. Last year the state issued 45,755 permits, a 59 percent increase from the 28,700 allotted in 2015.

Limiting the number of does taken allowed the herd to rebound, and Robicheau said state wildlife biologists still want to grow the herd in northern, western and eastern Maine. But in some sections of southern and central Maine and along the coast, the goal is to reduce the deer population. ... 5-percent/