PORTLAND, Maine (AP) – State officials say this year’s harsh winter has culled Maine’s deer herd, and that will reduce the number of doe hunting permits the state gives out for the fall hunting season.
Kyle Ravana, the state’s deer biologist, says the winter mortality rate among Maine’s approximately 200,000 deer was 12 percent, compared to 8 percent last winter and 10 percent for an average winter.
The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife is tentatively scheduled to issue about 36,000 “any deer” permits for the fall hunting season, down more than 10,000 from last year.
Ravana said deer mortality was as high as 19 percent in the northern reaches of the state. He said the herd’s ability to withstand the season was aided by mild previous winters.