From the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife
-- The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife currently is accepting applications online for the Any-Deer Permit Lottery held in September.
The Department will issue 45,385 permits this year to residents, non-residents, landowners and Superpack holders in Wildlife Management Districts 15-17; 20-26, 29. It is “Bucks Only” in any Wildlife Management District not listed.
The application deadline for persons applying at the Department or mailing in a paper application is July 31 at 5 p.m. Applications must be postmarked by July 31 or hand-delivered to the department before 5 p.m. July 31.
The application deadline for online applicants only is 11:59 p.m. on Aug. 17.
Beginning this year, the department will no longer mail paper applications. Applicants for the are encouraged to use the online process which will provide applicants with instant confirmation of their entry into the lottery.
Maine resident only applicants must possess a valid Maine license to hunt big game in order to apply or a valid Superpack license to apply for a Superpack Deer Permit.
The department encourages residents who do not have a computer at home to use a computer at a local library or internet café, or ask a friend or relative with a computer to assist.
If those options are not available, residents are encouraged to visit one of the 840 licensing agents who can assist with the online application. There is an additional $2 processing fee for those who apply online through an agent.
For those who cannot apply online, applicants can send a stamped, self-addressed envelope to: Any-Deer Permit Application Request, Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, 41 State House Station, 284 State St., Augusta, ME 04333-004, and a paper application will be mailed to you.
Additionally, a paper application can be printed from the website, filled out and mailed.
For residents who applied for an Any-Deer permit last year, all of personal information is pre-filled into this year’s online application, which can be reviewed and corrected if necessary.
Bonus Deer permits ONLY will be awarded in Wildlife Management Districts where there are more permits available than applications received. Last year, no Bonus Deer permits were available.
For hunters who do not want to apply for an Any-Deer permit but would like to apply for a Bonus Deer should permits become available, clearly designate a Wildlife Management District choice. No WMD changes can be made after the drawing.
For more information about the Any-Deer Permit Lottery, visit the website at www.mefishwildlife.com and click on “2009 Any-Deer Permit Lottery Apply Now” in the center area of the screen.