AUGUSTA — The annual Antlerless Deer Permit Lottery is accepting applications for 2024. A licensed hunter with an antlerless deer permit can harvest an antlerless deer in the designated district and an antlered deer statewide. The permits may be acquired through the lottery, and any remaining permits will be available for purchase oat  maine.gov.

Lottery applications must be completed online by 11:59 p.m. Aug. 1. There is no fee to apply to the antlerless deer permit lottery.

After the lottery drawing on Thursday, Aug. 15, successful applicants must claim and purchase the permit for $12 (plus $2 agent fee) by Sept. 12, at 11:59 p.m.

Extra antlerless deer permits not issued through the lottery will be available for purchase at mefishwildlife.com on a first-come, first-served basis starting Sept. 17.

Proceeds from the antlerless deer permit fee will help fund the purchase and management of deer wintering areas, primarily in northern Maine. Deer wintering areas are a critical habitat for white-tailed deer living at the northern end of their range.

 

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