It could be a frustrating fall for Maine
The state game department’s deer biologist, Lee Kantar, says
last year’s harsh winter and heavy snowfall took a heavy toll on
fawns. As a result, he says this fall’s deer harvest is expected to
decline by about 6,000 – or about 18 percent – from last season.
The deer population outlook is reflected in the number of
any-deer permits being issued for this season: a little over
50,000, compared to more than 66,000 issued last fall.
Kantar said he expects about 24,000 deer to be taken this year,
compared to just under 30,000 last season.