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Maine's 2013 deer harvest up 15%

From Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife

-- Hunters during the 2013 deer season killed 24,795 deer, an increase of 15 percent 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.

The deer kill increased in almost every Wildlife Management District in the state, and the adult buck harvest once again increased over the previous season with hunters taking 16,765 bucks, an increase of 8 percent over the 2012 take of 15,475.

Holding true to the harvest patterns seen in 2013, Maine’s youth hunters also saw an increase in harvest numbers, climbing from 570 deer in 2012 to 781 in 2013, representing a 37 percent increase.

As the deer population continued to rebound, in 2013 IFW issued approximately 36 percent more permits than were issued in 2012.  This resulted in an increase in the adult doe harvest of 5,307 animals, approximately 24 percent more than the 4,287 harvest in 2012.

To alleviate the impact of deer nuisance issues in urban areas where bans on the use of firearms exist, the Department provides additional deer population management via deer harvests during an Expanded Archery season.

Generally spanning a period greater than 70 days, this season allows hunters, whom have the appropriate license(s) and tags, to harvest one additional buck and potentially an unlimited number of does from within an identified Expanded Archery zone.

The 2013 Expanded Archery season experienced an increase in harvest over the 2012 season from 987 deer to 1,122 deer.

This past winter marked the first in four years with above average winter severity throughout the state, the first since 2009. As a result, IFW wildlife biologists have recommended decreasing the number of Any Deer permits throughout the state.

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