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Maine's antlerless applications only available online

From the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife

-- Applications for Maines 2011 any-deer (antlerless) permit lottery are now available online at http://www5.informe.org/online/nedeer/.

A total of 26,390 any-deer permits will be issued in 11 of the states 29 wildlife management districts for this years whitetail deer hunting season, which begins Oct. 31. It is bucks only in all other wildlife management districts.

Online applications are due by midnight Aug. 15. Paper applications may be submitted in person or by mail no later than July 29. The Department no longer mails paper applications.

It is free to apply for the any-deer permit lottery. The drawing will be held in September.

The permit allocation is 18,378 for residents; 6,599 for landowners; 1,181 for non-residents; and 232 for Superpack holders. Superpack and landowners must meet certain requirements. See the Departments website for more information.

The 11 wildlife management districts where any-deer (antlerless) deer may be hunted this year, with a permit, are 13, 15, 16, 17, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26 and 29.

Deer hunting season (firearms) begins with Youth Deer Hunting Day on Oct. 22. Youth may take a buck statewide or an antlerless deer only in the wildlife management districts where any-deer permits will be issued this fall.

This year, Maine Residents Only Day is Oct. 29, and deer season runs Oct. 31 through Nov. 26. For more information, visit www.mefishwildlife.com.

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