Hunters Get Last Shot at Deer 

Maine’s regular firearms deer season came to an end Saturday. State wildlife officials have been predicting a reduced tally this year, saying last winter’s harsh conditions took a big toll on the state’s deer herd. The fish and game department predicted this year’s harvest would be about 24,000 deer – the lowest figure since 1987. Hunters last year tagged nearly 29,000 deer. As the season moved toward its close, tagging stations around the state reported registering a fraction of the deer they tagged last year. Also likely to affect the total is the fact that the state issued far fewer any-deer permits this year.