Any-deer permit lottery set for Friday

On Friday, Mark Ostermann of the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife will push a magic button on his computer keyboard. A couple hours later, the list of this year’s any-deer permit winners will be complete.

Two deer in Allagash (Photo courtesy of Darlene Kelly Dumond)

And after a couple more hours of tinkering with the data to make it searchable for readers, we’ll have complete results up at State officials say they hope to have their list available by 5 p.m. We’re aiming to get things up and running on our site even earlier than that — maybe as early as 2 or 3 p.m.

This year the state will issue 34,160 any-deer permits to hunters. Those any-deer permits (commonly called “doe permits”) will allow the holder to shoot a deer of either gender during hunting season.

Those without any-deer permits will, generally, be limited to targeting deer with antlers.

This year’s regular firearms season on deer kicks off with Youth Deer Day on Saturday, Oct. 20. The following Saturday, Oct. 27, is the opener for Maine residents only. Non-residents will join Mainers in the woods on Oct. 29 — and the regular firearms season concludes on Nov. 24.



John Holyoke

About John Holyoke

John Holyoke has been enjoying himself in Maine's great outdoors since he was a kid. Today, he's the Outdoors editor for the BDN, a job that allows him to meet up with Maine outdoors enthusiasts in their natural habitat. The stories he gathers provide fodder for his columns, and this blog.