Applications for 2020 any-deer (antlerless) permit lottery are now available online from the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. You are eligible to apply if you have a current valid Maine Big Game Hunting License and you are a resident of the United States or Canada.
Online applications are due by 11:59 P.M. on August 17, 2020.
It is free to apply for the any-deer permit lottery. The drawing will be held on September 11, 2020.
During the regular firearms, and muzzleloader seasons, only those hunters possessing a valid Maine any-deer permit may hunt antlerless deer and bucks with antlers less than three inches in length. During the archery season on deer, bucks may be taken statewide. (Although an any-deer permit is not required during the archery season, antlerless deer may only be taken in WMD’s that have any-deer permits). Any-deer permits are valid only for a specific wildlife management district. A permit holder may kill an antlerless deer in the wildlife management district for which his or her permit is valid. Hunters not possessing an any-deer permit may hunt “bucks only” (antlers three inches or longer) anywhere in the State.
The department uses the any-deer permit system to manage the white-tailed deer population in the state. The ability to enact change in the state’s deer populations derives from the ability to increase, or decrease, the number of breeding female deer on the landscape. By controlling the harvest of female deer in the 29 regional wildlife management districts throughout the state, biologists can manage population trends.