2011 Maine Whitetail Deer Harvest Numbers Released

The State of Maine's Department of Inland Fisheries and WIldlife released the 2011 preliminary deer harvest numbers recently, with a total harvest of 18,839 deer by resident and non-resident hunters. The total harvest was down 6% compared to 2010, but that number is primarily due to the important deer population management strategy of reducing Any-Deer Permits to protect the doe and fawn populations.

The report goes on to say that the Youth Day Harvest increased 21%, with a great turnout of youth interest in deer hunting. Archery hunting also jumped with a 29% increase in harvest during the Expanded and October seasons.

Perhaps, most relevant for hunters, the MDIFW reports that Maine's deer are coming out the mild 2011-2012 winter in very good shape! MDIFW predicts the outlook for the 2012 deer hunting season will be excellent.  If you are thinking of joining Northern Outdoors for a Guided Trophy Whitetail Deer Hunt, please contact us early, since key dates for these hunts book 6 or more months in advance.

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Read the full press release from Maine's Dept of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.