Maine Deer News
... Programs to control coyotes and provide food are no match for the effects of severe winters and loss of habitat on Maine’s whitetail population... decades-long efforts to revitalize the region’s deer herd have failed ...  from 1955 until 2003 the population estimate most years was around 200,000. ... only for three years – 1998 to 2000 – did it come close to the department’s 1986 goal of more than 270,000 ...

The story of a resilient young deer in Kittery April 12, 2014 Maine, Seacoastonline.com
... we saw a young deer with a broken front right leg in the company of her mother and sister. A game warden who tracked them into the woods observed how well she could run and chose not to put her down...  She has made it through two winters...

Harsh winter trims Maine deer herd, cuts permits April 4, 2014 Nashua Telegraph
... The winter mortality rate among the state’s approximately 200,000 deer was 12 percent, compared with 8 percent last winter and 10 percent for an average winter, said Kyle Ravana, the state’s deer biologist.... 19 percent in the northern reaches of the state ...

Maine's winter deer kill estimated at above average March 31, 2014 Lewiston Sun Journal
... State deer biologist Kyle Ravana ... his preliminary estimate is a 12 percent mortality rate. The average is 10 percent...

... State deer biologist Kyle Ravana says the winters of 2008 and 2009 were so harsh that the state lost about a third of its deer population...

Maine's “Benchmark Report” for Deer A Bit Anti “Holographic” March 20, 2014 tomremington.com
... the March 6, 2014 “Benchmark Report” on deer for the State of Maine. Maine’s Game Plan for Deer, required an annual update on the progress being made to recover and build the Pine Tree State’s abysmal deer herd.... If the attitude at MDIFW is that there is nothing they can actually do to save the deer herd, as the excuses always seem to be directed at all things we can’t control, then why are we paying for deer biologists? ...

Without wintering areas, deer herd will not survive March 19, 2014 Maine, Morning Sentinel
...  the largest wind farm in the state.  The project will permanently affect four separate deer wintering areas, with a total of 21.54 acres ... The Maine Natural Resource Conservation Program also accepted $600,087 from First Wind ...

Maine conditions prime for deer collisions March 12, 2014 Portland Press Herald · 
...  In the last month, 14 deer have been killed on a half-mile stretch of road on Route 139... . Once the snowpack begins to melt, deer expand their search for food, according to Marden.  “The later we get in the winter, the hungrier the deer will be,” ... 



... the longer we wait the more reason we have to believe there must be something to hide... Maine counts about 20,000 deer of late, most all of that information being collected from tagging stations spread out across the state. I hate to make this comparison but New Jersey counted just shy of 50,000 tagged deer ...

Bow Hunting Law March 8, 2014 Maine, Sun Journal
 ... LD 540 Language in the new law, that goes into effect in early October, states that it is illegal to shoot any kind of a bow within 100 yards of any dwelling without first having permission of the dwelling owner... 

Maine game wardens charge 8 in poaching sweep February 6, 2014 Press Herald 
... Eight individuals from northern Maine have been either charged or arrested in connection with illegal hunting in the town of Allagash, a level of poaching that state game wardens said “undoubtedly had an impact on local wildlife resources.” ...

Protect Maine’s moose, limit hunting permits February 3, 2014 Maine,  Bangor Daily News 
...  I am a master Maine Guide, and I have extensively roamed the woods for 30 years. I have watched the moose herd gradually decrease in numbers for some time... that loss has been — and still is — ignored by our state wildlife agency... I also believe that moose are being over-hunted. Hunting permits issued last year numbered 4,110 — a record level ,,. Increasing permits at a point of likely moose decline is alarming... 

... An effort to jump-start the economy in parts of rural Maine led to legislative passage of a bill that would allow hunting and fishing lodges to purchase a limited number of moose permits, which they could then sell to interested sports at a premium...

Some deer hunters can't skip the chance to shoot a skipper January 26, 2014 Maine, Press Herald -
... In northern Maine where he lives, the herd averages one to two deer per square mile, so .... A skipper was sneaking past him, and he shot the little guy... Way back in the late 1600s, hunting pressure had caused a serious deer decline, so colonies like Massachusetts instituted game laws.  Folks living in the willy-wags ignored the legislation and poached with reckless abandon anyway...

Maine moose population holding steady, NH's down January 18, 2014 Foster's Daily Democrat 
... In New Hampshire, wildlife biologists say winter ticks are weakening the state's herd, with many dying of anemia due to blood loss. New Hampshire's moose population had dropped by 3,000 in recent years, and now stands at about 4,500...

Caribou also known as reindeer January 15, 2014 Maine, York County Coast Star
... caribou (the North American name for reindeer) used to live in Maine but are now long gone. Just over a century ago, thousands of caribou roamed the Maine woods but became extinct in this area as a result of hunting, predators and disease.... The last caribou seen in the state was shot (illegally) on the saddle of Mt. Katahdin in 1908...

Feeding the wild deer in Rangley Maine - January 13, 2014



Keeping a close eye on Maine's moose population January 11, 2014 Lewiston Sun Journal
... declining moose populations in Montana and Minnesota - and closer to home in New Hampshire ... ''Our moose continue to remain healthy and strong. And we plan on taking a closer, scientific look at population dynamics. We have initiated a GPS telemetry study to examine adult female and calf survival rates in western Maine...

...  they spot a young deer struggling to move on a Maine lake. It happened on Megunticook Lake, which is just north of Camden... The young doe wasn't hurt, eventually making her way back into the woods...

A new study by several forestry experts at the University of Maine is depressing for all who are counting on more deer in the northern forest... “The broad-scale conversion of mature forest to regenerating forest in areas surrounding zoned DWAs… may be indicative of declines in extent of deer wintering habitat throughout the Northern Forest region.” ...  [Download the full study as a PDF file]

Spotted 7 ish Deer outside mah window (Marshfield Maine) - December 30, 2013



Detection of Eastern Equine Encephalitis Virus Antibodies in Moose (Alces americana), Maine,   C Lubelczyk, SP Elias, L Kantar, J Albert, S Hansen… - Vector-Borne and Zoonotic …, 2014
... Moose sera were collected from harvested animals during the 2010 hunting season in Maine. Of the 145 serum samples screened by plaque reduction neutralization test (PRNT), 16 (11%) had antibodies to eastern equine encephalitis virus (EEEV). Positive samples were collected from Aroostook County (n=13), Somerset County (n=2), and Piscataquis County (n=1) in northern and central Maine... This is the first report of EEEV in moose from Maine.

Land for Maine's Future Board Invites New Proposals December 19, 2013 Freepress Online
... Proposals that seek to protect deer wintering areas will receive priority consideration in scoring. The new emphasis on deer habitat originated in the statute that authorized the bond approved by voters in 2012.  Applicants are encouraged to read the "Proposal Workbook," which provides detailed instructions on how proposals should be submitted and will be evaluated. The revised 2013 workbook is online at www.maine.gov/dacf/lmf

deer walks up to trail camera and shows off his big rack - December 22, 2013



Islesboro makes dramatic changes in deer hunt again December 15, 2013 Maine, Press Herald
... The town of Islesboro just made it easier on itself in its quest to thin its deer herd by extending its special firearm island hunt two months this winter ...  they also voted down the option of making it a rifle hunt ...  using their new shotgun hunt ... For years there has been an archery hunt on Islesboro, which has a population of 600...

Deer harvest up across the state December 13, 2013 Maine, Bangor Daily News 
... in the Moosehead region  ...most of the stations were up about 25 percent .... Results have shown both good winter survival and reproductive rates also ... Penobscot Region:   every deer tagging station showed an increase in numbers ... Up in the County ... “The deer harvest looks to be up about 20 percent ... Central and Midcoast:  numbers went down... Western Mountains:  In Region D, the early numbers point to a successful deer season...

WGME
... "We're averaging between 60,000 and 70,000 moose now in the state," said Scott Lindsay, Regional Wildlife Biologist for Southern Maine... He says the ticks do threaten moose causing severe blood loss leading to death, however they are not seeing that in Maine...

Deer Dying in the Dakotas – Is Maine Next?, EHD December 5, 2013 Maine,  George's Outdoor News
...  in North Dakota, I usually see lots of whitetail and mule deer. But two years ago, most of our whitetail deer sightings were of dead deer... the deer died of HD, hemorrhagic disease ... In the National Wildlife Federation’s recent report, “Nowhere To Run: Big Game Wildlife in a Warming World,” I learned that the warming climate is expanding the reach of HD...

York’s the happiest of hunting grounds December 1, 2013 Maine, Press Herald 
... While the deer harvested in the rest of the state dropped from 28,884 in 2007 to 21,412 last year (and as low as 18,092 in 2009), in York it increased from 136 in 2007 to 175 in 2012... In the whitetail country just north of Orono the woods are thicker and the density of hunters thinner ...

Big deer, lots of sightings for hunters November 29, 2013 Maine, Bangor Daily News
... Southern Lakes Region:  all our registration stations are up in numbers ... Western Mountains:  Up in Region D, while there may not be the number of deer that are south of there ... 

Man gets 9 months in jail for more than 30 hunting charges November 27, 2013 Maine, The Daily News of Newburyport
... he pleaded guilty to some of the other charges, including having a loaded firearm or crossbow in a motor vehicle, hunting deer after having killed one, driving deer, criminal trespass, and hunting or possessing wild turkey during closed season. ...

Deleskey also was ordered to pay more than $15,215 in fines and charges. 
... Downeast ... District 27 along the coast, the number of deer taken is a recent high ... as you head into the Down East interior, success rates start to drop ... Good things are happening up in the Moosehead region, where all the area tagging stations are showing an increase in numbers ... The rut is in full swing ... a large yearling Starr checked, that was five points ...

Climate Change Impacting Game Species in Maine November 27, 2013 eNews Park Forest
... White-tailed deer are susceptible to hemorrhagic disease (HD) caused by viruses transmitted by biting midges. HD typically subsides shortly after the first autumn frost because colder temperatures kill the midges. Longer summers are likely to expose deer to more disease-carrying midges...

...  The number of vehicle collisions with deer is 2,600 to 3,000 a year, a range that has remained steady since 2008 ... About a third of the state’s deer died during the 2008-09 winter, but the population has bounded back since then to about 200,000, according to the state deer biologist...  a large yearling Starr checked, that was five points ...

Shots hit home in OOB hunting incident November 20, 2013 Maine, WLBZ-TV
... A woman in Old Orchard beach says she's lucky she wasn't seriously injured this morning when hunters shot in the direction of her home...

Hunting in Maine more challenging than Wisconsin November 17, 2013 Maine, Press Herald
... Here there are 30,000 deer harvested in a good year. In Wisconsin the 10-day hunt promises between 300,000 to 400,000 deer tagged... In Maine, a hunter is lucky to see one deer on a day out in the woods, let alone a big buck.  “On opening day in Wisconsin one year, my uncle saw 36. In Maine, there’s no telling if you’ll see one,” Ryan said...

Numbers that are en-deering to all hunters November 16, 2013 Maine, Lewiston Sun Journal
... MDIF&W recently proclaimed the deer recovery:  "The deer harvest has increased for the past three out of the last four years since hitting a low point following the severe winters of 2008 and 2009, a strong sign of a growing deer population. More importantly, several other indicators show that the deer herd has rebounded... 

Strong deer season in Maine includes 260-pound Otisfield buck November 15, 2013 Maine, Bangor Daily News 
... “Things are looking pretty good. In the southern part of the region, our deer numbers are back to where we were even pre-2008,” said DIF&W wildlife biologist Bob Cordes... people are seeing a lot of deer ...

Penobscot region biologists seeing big deer, healthy moose ... November 14, 2013 Maine, Bangor Daily News
... Penobscot Region:  “The deer are in really good condition and the necks on these bucks were swollen,”  ... The County:  People are seeing more deer...

Maine Deer Herd November 13, 2013 KeepMeCurrent.com
... the herds have rebounded and now number about 200,000 whitetail deer, 29,000 moose and 25,000 black bear...  of the state’s 2012 deer harvest report shows that a lot of the 21,412 total harvested deer (which was up from 18,839 in 2011, but down from 2003 and 2004, when 29,000 to 30,000 deer were taken) were caught in southern Maine ...

Moose in New Hampshire and Maine November 11, 2013 SeasCoastOnine
...New Hampshire has an estimated moose population of about 4,500, down from 7,600. There is concern about the strength of the herd, which has been hurt by an explosion in the number of winter ticks.... According to Maine state wildlife biologists, Maine's moose population is estimated at 76,000, one of the highest densities in the lower 48 states...


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Maine data: Deer herd rebounded somewhat in 2013 to about 200,000, about 29,000 moose and 25,000 black bear.   About 150,000 - 200,000 deer estimated to be in Maine in 2012 and 2013, but trending up since 2010 as a result of mild winters. The deer population was estimated at about 275,000 in the late 1950's and during 1998 to 2000. The state stopped making a formal population estimate in 2003.  A recent study suggests changes in forest management may be "indicative of declines in extent of deer wintering habitat throughout the Northern Forest Region" [Study in PDF file]  
     The reported number of deer harvested during 2012 was 21,553; the 2011 harvest was 18,170, only slightly above the 2009 figure which was the lowest in decades, with a total of 18,092. In 2010, the total was 20,063, with a significant increase in the number of yearling bucks sporting multi-pointed antlers and a decrease in the percentage of antlerless deer taken.
      About 12,000 to 13,000 coyotes (many with wolf DNA), stable population since 1985.   About 60,000 wild turkeys.  The last caribou seen in the state was illegally shot on Mt. Katahdin in 1908.

Deer Management Objective: LONG-TERM GOAL:  Increase hunting and viewing opportunity for white-tailed deer, while preventing over-browsing of deer wintering habitat. Increase deer wintering habitat to 8% of the land base to ensure sufficient wintering habitat to accommodate a post hunt population of 10 deer/mi2 by the year 2030 (or sooner), and then maintain as for the short-term objective. 

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Gerry Lavigne, who served as Maine's state deer biologist for 30 years, talks about areas with deer habitat, but no deer. - January 14, 2013