Beginning in 2022, a licensed hunter with an antlerless deer permit can harvest an antlerless deer in the designated district and an antlered deer statewide. Antlerless deer permits may be acquired through the lottery, and any remaining permits will be available for purchase on the MDIFW website.
There is no fee to apply to the antlerless deer permit lottery. After the lottery drawing, successful applicants must claim and purchase the permit for $12 (plus $2 agent fee).
Proceeds from the antlerless deer permit fee will help fund the purchase and management of deer wintering areas (DWAs), primarily in northern Maine. Deer wintering areas are a critical habitat for white-tailed deer living at the northern end of their range.
Dates to Remember:
Lottery Application Period: Antlerless deer permit lottery applications will be accepted online only. The lottery will open late June and close August 1, 2022 at 11:59 PM.
Lottery Drawing: Antlerless deer permit recipients will be posted on the MDIFW website on September 1, 2022. If the permit recipient does not claim their permit, that permit will be forfeited and sold to another person.
Claim + Pay for Permit: Permits must be claimed and paid for by September 29, 2022 11:59 PM.
First come, first serve antlerless deer permits will be available at mefishwildlife.com early October.