Maine Deer News

... . “Some people don’t have stomach for wild game, so a lot of police departments keep a list of people who would like to pick up the animal. If the driver refuses the road kill, police use the list to attempt to contact someone willing to come get the animal.” ...

Islesboro rejects deer sharpshooter plan October 20, 2014 Maine, workingwaterfront.com 
... Linda Gillies, a member of the town's deer reduction committee who supported hiring the sharpshooters, believes a majority voted against the proposal out of concerns for safety and in the belief that island hunters would reduce the population during the hunting season...

... The proposal was voted down, 148-87, by island residents on Tuesday at a special town meeting.  “It was the biggest town meeting I think I’ve ever seen,” ... This is the second time that Islesboro has rejected a proposal to hire sharpshooters to cull the island’s deer herd ... 

Bar Harbor to Vote on Deer Hunting September 17, 2014 Maine, WABI-TV | WABI 
... “We do not have an overall population estimate for deer in Bar Harbor ... Which is what some, including biologist Michael Good, take issue with.  “You can’t have a management program at this level with bad science, you have to have good science,” ... “Removing the deer doesn’t have any effect on the Lyme disease because they just move off to other mammals,” ...

Bar Harbor to vote on deer management plan September 11, 2014 Maine, Bangor Daily News
... Bar Harbor will hold a referendum vote this fall on whether to allow deer hunting in order to thin out the area’s deer population, even though other towns on Mount Desert Island are cool to the idea... To gauge interest, the town will hold a nonbinding referendum on the issue on Nov. 4.

We can’t afford to let deer go down for the count August 23, 2014 Maine, Portland Press Herald ·
... A 2007 outbreak of hemorrhagic disease, described as a 100-year event, was followed by an even more devastating 2012 outbreak resulting in deer population declines of 10 and even 20 percent in some states. Meanwhile, the chronic wasting disease has been identified in 22 states and two Canadian provinces...

Maine deer permit lottery this week August 10, 2014 Beaumont Enterprise
... The state is set to issue 37,185 of the "any deer" permits. The number is a decrease of 9,525 from last year...

This land is our land — 50,000 acres added to Land for Maine's Future purchases August 5, 2014 Maine, Kennebec Journal & Morning Sentinel
... The most spectacular purchase was the Cold Stream Forest Project in Somerset County. Purchased from Plum Creek, the project protects 8,153 acres, including more than 3,000 acres of deer wintering area habitat north of The Forks and 30 miles of streams on a major tributary to the Kennebec River...

Bar Harbor weighs first deer hunt in decades August 4, 2014 Maine, workingwaterfront.com ·
... the task force mailed a survey, asking if control options should be explored, to roughly 2,700 property-taxpayers. Of more than 1,300 returned, 743 said yes, 576 no.. the task force proposes a two-stage program that continues to ban hunting in Acadia National Park and the town proper. That leaves town outskirts open to the proposal, centered on landowner participation...

Bar Harbor, One-time deer hunt proposed in Bar Harbor July 24, 2014 Maine, WLBZ 2 
... The Bar Harbor town council approved the hunting proposal to go to a public hearing on August 5th. If the proposal is voted to go to public vote, that will take place some time in November...

Start thinking about those any-deer permits July 19, 2014 Maine, Lewiston Sun Journal
...  as a result of a harsh winter with prolonged cold and deep snow, state wildlife biologists are probably going to issue fewer any-deer permits this year as a way to compensate for an anticipated higher-­than-­average winter kill...

... “We are especially thrilled with the board’s approval of projects in this round that will lead to the long-term protection of fragile deer wintering areas,” said David Trahan, Executive Director for the Maine Sportmen’s Alliance... 

...  scheduled to issue 37,185 "any deer" permits  ... this past year's "long, cold winter dictates that we move cautiously" with the number of deer permits. The weather took a toll on deer population...

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

Encouraging numbers from the deer harvest May 17, 2014 Maine, Lewiston Sun Journal
... The 2013 harvest total was 24,795; that's a far cry from the good ole days of deer hunting when harvest totals topped the 30,000 mark.  We must also keep in mind that 36 percent more doe permits were issued last fall than were issued in the fall of 2012... third consecutive year that Maine's deer harvest has increased.

...  I would like all the data collected on deer and used to calculate population estimates and how many, if any, permits will be issued. For those of us interested in better understanding of what is going on with deer management, things like pre harvest and post harvest information would be helpful. In addition, fawn recruitment rates, age structure, etc....

... Northern Maine was once a haven for deer hunters, but decades-long efforts to revitalize the region’s deer herd have failed to produce the results biologists envisioned.  ... After the severity of this past winter, state deer biologist Kyle Ravana said the state will give out up to 10,000 fewer any-deer permits ... When they started cutting deer yards, they pretty much wiped out the deer herd in northern Maine [a hunting guide] ...

... DIF&W issued 46,710 any-deer permits last year, a 36 percent increase over 2012. This year the agency is recommending 37,185 permits, a cut of 9,525 permits... The increase in permits in 2013 resulted in a harvest of 5,307 adult does... the agency doesn’t know how many deer died this past winter, or how many deer we have in the state...

Maine to reduce moose hunt permits by 25 percent because winter ticks have taken toll on herd May 9, 2014 Bangor Daily News
...  the radio collar moose study that early data from the study shows there was about a 30 percent mortality rate for adult females, which is above the average 10 percent winter mortality rate for female moose... Many of the moose carcasses are engorged with winter ticks ... U.S. wildlife officials attribute the increase in winter ticks to shorter winters caused by climate change...

Spruce Budworm threatens Maine deer yards ... May 7, 2014 Maine,  bangordailynews.com
... The budworm could destroy the state’s deer yards on both private and public lands... “If you look at the map that was put up there about Maine, you’ll see that we’ve got budworm all over Maine – moths I mean – and it’s coming back in the same places it came back in the 1950s.”...

... The deer wandered onto airport grounds when an unlocked gate on a newly installed $892,000 perimeter fence blew open in the wind ...  the fence did prevent wildlife from getting on the airport grounds during the winter... local Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts, who would go track down the deer and form a human chain to try to drive the animals toward the gate and off the property...

2013 Deer Harvest Up 15% From Previous Year May 2, 2014 Maine, IFW News 
     Hunters during the 2013 deer season killed 24,795 deer, an increase of 15% 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, which was an increase of 8% over the 2012 buck kill of 15,475.
     As the deer population continued to rebound, in 2013 IFW issued approximately 36% more permits than were issued in 2012. This resulted in an increase in the adult doe harvest of 5,307 animals, approximately 24% more than the 4,287 harvest in 2012. In 2013, IFW issued Any Deer permits in Wildlife Management Districts 3 and 6, representing the first antlerless deer harvests in those districts since 2000 and 2007, respectively. 

Bountiful deer hunt noted with caution May 3, 2014 Maine, The PressHerald.com
... Chandler Woodcock, the IFW commissioner, said ...  “with the long, cold winter we experienced (this year), it is prudent that we move forward thoughtfully in 2014 concerning the number of any-deer permits issued.” Because of this year’s severe winter, state biologists have sought a decrease in the number of deer permits, by perhaps as much as 10,000, for 2014...

Deer harvest up 15 percent in 2013 from previous year May 2, 2014 Maine, The Camden Herald 
...  Hunters during the 2013 deer season killed 24,795 deer, an increase of 15 percent over the 2012 harvest of 21,552 deer...  the adult buck harvest once again increased over the previous season with hunters taking 16,765 bucks, which was an increase of 8 percent over the 2012 buck kill of 15,475...

... Biologists say that Maine's moose population is holding steady -- despite high mortality rates in other states. Still, the State of Maine has launched a five year study to track moose mortality...

Care about deer? Vote to hunt bear! April 21, 2014 Maine,  andastrongcupofcoffee.com
... On November 4, the health of the deer population will be determined by voters casting ballots to allow hunters to continue hunting black bear with all hunting techniques or it will be now illegal and there will be nothing but still hunting allowed which WILL result in a boom in the population.  The more bears we have, the more food will be needed to keep them sustained...

Doe stranded on lake saved by Hartland, St. Albans firefighters April 21, 2014 Maine, Bangor Daily News 
...  five deer had fallen through the ice on Big Indian Lake ...  four of the deer had managed to get out and swim to shore ... firefighters were assisted at the lake by a local man who brought along a kayak...

... 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,” ... 


Maine data: The deer population declined into 2014 as a result of the severe winter to about 150,000 - 200,000.  In response, the number of "any deer" permits for the 2014-15 hunt was reduced by 9,525 to 37,185. The population had rebounded somewhat in 2013 and trended higher since 2010 as a result of mild winters. Two consecutive severe winters in 2008 and 2009 significantly reduced the herd. 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.  Two severe consecutive winters in 2008 and 2009 devastated the northern herd which has not recovered. Doe hunting has been prohibited in northern Maine for years.  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 deer population in the Southern region rebounded to near pre-2008 levels. 
     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 76,000 moose and 25,000 black bear..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.

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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