Deer Kill Expected to be Small 

Maine’s deer kill is expected to be thesmallest in at least 25 years this fall because the deer herd hasbeen shrinking across the state. The Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife is projectingthe harvest at 19,476 during November’s deer-hunting season. Thatwould be the smallest harvest since 1984, when hunters bagged19,358 deer. Maine’s deer herd has become smaller following two straightwinters with deep snow packs and cold temperatures. Last fall’sdeer kill came in at 21,062, which was 27 percent below the 2007total. Elsewhere in northern New England, New Hampshire is expectingits deer hunt to be larger than last year’s, while Vermont isprojecting a comparable harvest to 2008.