Checking in on Maine's deer herd after mild winter April 23, 2016

Maine Population Deer Population and Management News Archive

Checking in on Maine's deer herd after mild winter April 23, 2016 Lewiston Sun Journal
...  we’re looking at a winter that may be tied for the most mild winter, at least for deer, going back to 1975.  "The estimated over-winter mortality this year is expected to be a little over five percent; this is about six percent below the long-term average for the state (averages a little over 11 percent) ... Overall 20,325 deer were registered during 2015 [hunt] ... 

... this year’s mild winter was responsible for a lower than average deer mortality rate ...
     Proposal would boost Maine's deer permits by 59 percent May 4, 2016 Press Herald
...  the deer herd is now looking robust in many parts of Maine after a mild winter... Any-deer permits had declined by 23 percent in 2015 ... reduce Maine’s moose permits by 24 percent this year... between 60,000 to 70,000 moose in Maine ...

Any-deer permits increased a stunning 60% July 11, 2016 Maine, Bangor Daily News
... 45,755 ... any-deer permits this year, a 60 percent increase over last year’s 28,770 permits... “Last year’s winter was more moderate in many areas of the state, and the increase in the number of any deer permits reflect that.” ...

Winners of any-deer permits will be drawn tomorrow September 8, 2016 Maine, georgesoutdoornews.bangordailynews.com
... DIF&W, in its explanation of the overall statewide increase of 59% in permits, reported, “The winter of 2015-2016 was of below-average severity in most of the state, which resulted in higher survival rates for our over-wintering deer.” ...

Firearm season for deer begins Saturday, Oct. 29 October 27, 2016 Maine, Wiscasset Newspaper
... Following a 2016 winter that was on average warmer than usual, hunters should see more deer than last year. If normal hunting conditions and normal hunter effort prevail, IFW biologists believe that the deer harvest will be higher than last year’s 20,325 deer... Maine has over 225,000 licensed hunters, a number that has increased each of the past five years. ...

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