June 2, 2023

Maine: Deadline Approaching for Any-Deer Permit Lottery Paper Application

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The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife is reminding all hunters that the deadline to apply for the 2013 Any-Deer (Antlerless) Permit Lottery using a paper application is about a week away.

Paper applications must be postmarked by July 26 or delivered in person to 284 State Street in Augusta before 5 p.m. on that date.

Hunters planning to apply online have until 11:59 p.m. on August 15 to do so. Online applications can be found by visiting www.mefishwildlife.com.

Residents applying to hunt on their own land without a license and applicants with a legal residence outside the U.S. or Canada must use the paper application and may not apply for an any-deer permit online.

It is free to apply for the any-deer permit lottery. The lottery drawing will be held on Sept. 9 and results will be posted on the Department’s web site that day after 2 p.m.

A total of 46,710 any-deer permits will be issued in these 16 wildlife management districts: 3, 6, 7, 12, 13, 15-17, 20-26 and 29. It is bucks only in all other wildlife management districts.

Deer hunting season (firearms) begins with Youth Deer Hunting Day on Oct. 26. Youth hunters may take a buck statewide or an antlerless deer only in the wildlife management districts where any-deer permits will be issued this fall.

Maine Resident Only Day will be held on Nov. 2 this year.

Deer hunting season (firearms) runs from Nov. 4 to Nov. 30.

For more information on deer hunting in Maine, visit www.mefishwildlife.com.