Deer Harvest Expected to be Down

Updated 6 years ago

It could be a frustrating fall for Maine

deer hunters.

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.


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