September 17, 2019

“Any-Deer Permit” Reminder

Press Release from the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife:

Just a quick reminder that applications for the any deer permit lottery must be completed online by 11:59PM on August 17, 2015.

Online application is quick and easy! There is no fee to apply, but you must have a current valid Maine big game hunting license.

To complete your application or for more information, please visit: https://www20.maine.gov/online/nedeer/

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MDIFW Reveals Inept Deer Management

While most are explaining away why the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife (MDIFW) reduced the number of “Any-Deer- Permits, perhaps unknowingly, the Portland Press Herald reveals to readers a couple of terrible mismanagement events of the state’s whitetail deer herd. The first admission was:

Ravana said the last time Maine saw two similar back-to-back winters was in 2008 and 2009, when there was widespread mortality among the whitetail herd. He said the department reacted too slowly at the time, increasing any-deer permits by 3,000 in 2010 and then slashing them by 46 percent the following year in an emergency measure to help the decimated herd.

Of course we are not told the reason “the department reacted too slowly.” Was it greed for those tax dollars the department gets for selling permits? Or was it just a matter of terrible deer management? Or a combination of both?

The second issue is:

…yearly estimates [of deer population] were not available from 2004 to 2013.

How do you properly management a deer herd without calculating approximate deer populations? These are just more explanations and substantiations that one of the reasons the Maine deer herd is suffering is due to a poor deer management system – maybe the management system is fine, but the application of it stinks. Maybe the department just stroked that golden goose once too often.

I have no issue with MDIFW reducing deer permits in those regions that need it. What’s at issue is whether or not it should have come to a point where harsh measures are necessary to manipulate the deer herd. Severe winters do play a role in deer management but managers can’t keep blaming harsh winters. Maine has always had harsh winters but Maine has not always had a struggling deer herd.

Wildlife officials say they want to be conservative in managing the state’s whitetail deer herd, after two harsh winters.

Source: Maine reducing deer hunting permits by 23 percent to protect herd – The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

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Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife – Any-Deer Permits

During the regular firearms, and muzzle-loading seasons, only those hunters possessing a valid Maine Any-Deer permit may hunt antlerless deer and bucks with antlers less than three inches in length.

Source: Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife – Any-Deer Permits

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Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife – Any-Deer Permits

The 2015 any-deer permit application will be available by mid-late June.

Application Deadline

Application deadline by mail or in person: July 27, 2015. Paper Applications must be postmarked by July 27, 2015 or delivered to 284 State Street, Augusta before 5:00 p.m.
Application deadline online only: August 17, 2015. Apply online until 11:59 P.M. August 17, 2015.
(Note: 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.
The Any-Deer lottery drawing will be held on September 9, 2015. The results will be posted HERE.

Source: Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife – Any-Deer Permits

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Maine “Any-Deer Permit” Lottery Results

Published online through the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Website, hunters can find results of the recent lottery draw for “Any-Deer Permits.” An “Any-Deer Permit” allows a hunter to harvest a deer of either sex within the zone for which the applicant had applied.

Click on this link and then the matching first letter of an applicant’s last name. Scroll to search for your name.

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Deadline Approaching for Any-Deer Permit Lottery Paper Application

Press Release from Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife:

The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife is reminding all hunters that the deadline to apply for the 2014 Any-Deer (Antlerless) Permit Lottery using a paper application is Friday, July 25. Online applicants have until 11:59 p.m. August 15th to apply at www.mefishwildlife.com.

Paper applications must be postmarked by July 25 or delivered in person to 284 State Street in Augusta before 5 p.m. on Friday, July 25. You can download the application at http://www.maine.gov/ifw/licenses_permits/lotteries/anydeer/pdfs/2014any-deerapplication.pdf.

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 September 9 and results will be posted on the Department’s web site that day after 2 p.m.

This year, there will be a total of 37,185 any deer permits available in 12 districts. These districts are primarily in southern and central Maine.

Deer hunting season (firearms) begins with Youth Deer Hunting Day on Oct. 25. 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. 1 this year.

Deer hunting season (firearms) runs from Nov. 3 to Nov. 29.

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

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Time To Apply For Your Any Deer Permit

*Editor’s Note* – This editor would like to see the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife monitor other things besides snow and cold in making determinations on how to manage the deer herd. Or perhaps finding some other means of managing the deer herd other than guessing with numbers in the implementation of the allotment of “Any-Deer Permits.” I can wish can’t I?

AUGUSTA, Maine — The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife is now accepting applications for the 2014 Any Deer (Antlerless) Permit Lottery. Online applicants have until 11:59 p.m. August 15 to apply at www.mefishwildlife.com, and those who want to apply with a paper application must do so by the end of the day on July 25.

This year, there will be a total of 37,185 any deer permits available in 12 districts. These districts are primarily in southern and central Maine. This is a decrease from last year when there was 46, 710 permits available to hunters.

“In the fall of 2013, we saw an increase in the number of successful hunters for the third straight season, a sign that the deer herd is rebounding from the back-to-back severe winters in 2008 and 2009,” said Chandler Woodcock, Commissioner of the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. “While the deer population has made gains since 2009, this past year’s long, cold winter dictates that we move cautiously with the number of any deer permits we issue.”

The department monitors winter severity throughout the state in order to assess the impact on deer. White-tailed deer are at the northern edge of their range in Maine, and winter severity is a limiting factor concerning population growth.

This past winter marked the first in four years with above average winter severity throughout the state, the first since 2009. As a result of the winter, IFW wildlife biologists have recommended decreasing the number of Any Deer permits throughout the state. Earlier this year, the department decreased the number of moose permits available and suspended the turkey season in Northern Maine.

The department uses the Any Deer permit system to manage the white-tailed deer population in the state. By controlling the harvest of female deer in the 29 regional wildlife management districts throughout the state, biologists can manage population trends.

It is free to apply for the Any Deer permit lottery. The lottery drawing will be held on September 9, and results will be posted on the Department’s web site after 2 p.m.

Hunters who do not receive an Any Deer permits are only allowed to shoot an antlered deer.

Paper applications must be postmarked by July 25 or delivered in person to 284 State Street in Augusta before 5 p.m. on that date.

Online applications are due by 11:59 p.m. on August 15 and can be found by visiting www.mefishwildlife.com.

Hunters during the 2013 deer season killed 24,795 deer, an increase of 15% over the 2012 harvest of 21,552 deer. The 2013 harvest is the third consecutive year the deer harvest has increased, reflective of a deer population that has grown since the back-to-back severe winters of 2008 and 2009.

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.

Deer hunting season (firearms) begins with Youth Deer Hunting Day on Oct. 25. 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. 1 this year.

Deer hunting season (firearms) runs from Nov. 3 to Nov. 29.

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

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Complaints of Maine Allotting Deer Permits to Special Interest Groups

George Smith today says fewer adult Maine resident deer hunters will have fewer chances at being drawn for an “Any-Deer Permit” because the Maine Legislature decided that 25% of those permits be set aside specifically for junior hunters.

According to Smith:

Twenty five percent of the any-deer permits currently go to landowners, 15 percent to nonresidents, and 2.5 percent to Superpack licensees. With the new requirement that 25 percent go to junior hunters, only a third of the permits will be available for resident adult hunters.

Not unlike the continued allocation of moose permits to special interest, why is Mr. Smith seemingly upset by this announcement and yet hasn’t said much about the announcement to take a percentage of moose permits away from Maine resident hunters and give them to another special interest group; one established mostly by a person’s ability to pay more money while subsidizing private business?

Here’s a damned novel idea! Being that the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife (MDIFW) states that the utilization of an “Any-Deer Permit” system is for the purpose of manipulating the deer populations within Wildlife Management Districts (WMD), then make the number of permits necessary to achieve the population management goals available to any licensed hunter….period. No special interest, nothing. PERIOD! Whether you are a senior, a junior, cross-eyed or bowl-legged; whether you hunt with a rifle, a pistol, black powder, or throw rocks, all licensed hunters should have the same odds of being drawn for an Any-Deer Permit as the next guy. PERIOD!

Next year I’m proposing special treatment for blue-eyed, overweight, gray-haired, crabby old men. We deserve a percentage of those permits…….right?

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Maine “Any-Deer” Lottery Results Are Posted

The results of the Maine “Any-Deer” permit lottery are posted on the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife MDIFW) page. As of this posting, the landing page for the results was unavailable, perhaps due to heavy traffic (the website is notorious for that). If you go to the MDIFW home page and look to the far right, you will see text and a link that reads, “2013 Any Deer Permit Lottery Results – September 9, 2013“. If this link doesn’t work then perhaps going first to the MDIFW home page will help.

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Deadline for Online Any-Deer Permit Lottery Application is This Week

“We encourage those who have not applied to do so online,” said Chandler E. Woodcock, Commissioner of the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. “The August 15 deadline is rapidly approaching and we want everyone who wishes to apply to have the chance to do so. Good luck to all.”

PERMITS: This year the Department is issuing 34,160 Any-Deer Permits for Wildlife Management Districts 12-13, 15-17, 20-26 and 29. It is Bucks Only in all other Wildlife Management Districts.

ONLINE DEADLINE: Online applications are due by 11:59 p.m. on August 15, 2012.

SEASON DATES: Deer hunting season (firearms) begins with Youth Deer Hunting Day on Saturday, Oct. 20. Youth may take a buck statewide or an antlerless deer only in wildlife management districts where any-deer permits will be issued this fall.

This year, Maine Residents Only Day is Saturday, Oct. 27, and deer season (firearms) runs Oct. 29 through Nov. 24.

For more any-deer lottery information, please select this link: http://www.maine.gov/ifw/licenses_permits/lotteries/anydeer/index.htm.

It is free to apply for the lottery. The drawing will take place on Sept. 7.

APPLY NOW! The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife and InforME, its licensing partner, have made it easier to enter the Any-Deer permit lottery online.

Here’s how it works:

To apply now, please select this link http://www5.informe.org/online/nedeer/.

If you applied for an Any-Deer permit last year, all of your information is pre-filled into this year’s online application. To start, type in your first name, last name and date of birth as you printed it on last year’s application. We’ll look up your information. Please review your personal data and make any necessary changes. It’s easy!

If you fill out an application this year – and happen to move or change your phone number before the application deadline – you can go online and edit your previously submitted Any-Deer permit application.

Once you’ve filled out your application, you’ll be able to print out a confirmation page. Also, a confirmation will be e-mailed to you. (If you do not see it in your email, check your spam box.) This way you have a printed record of the day/time of your application as well as all of the information you provided to us.

Thank you for your interest! GOOD LUCK! If you need further information, please visit www.mefishwildlife.com or call (207) 287-8000.

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