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Maine's Deer Harvest Up for 2013 Season
05/02/2014 01:47 PM ET  

The agency says hunters during the 2013 season killed 24,795 deer, compared with 21,552 during the 2012 season.

Hunters in Maine harvested 15 percent more deer this year than last. That's according to the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.

The agency says hunters during the 2013 season killed 24,795 deer, compared with 21,552 during the 2012 season. It's the third year in a row that the harvest has increased.

That indicates that the deer population has grown after being dealt a setback during back-to-back severe winters in 2008 and 2009, officials say.

Wildlife officials say the deer kill was higher this season in nearly all of the state's 29 Wildlife Management Districts. The adult buck harvest grew by 8 percent over 2012, while the harvest of does was 24 percent higher.

Despite the higher harvest, IF&W Commissioner Chandler Woodcock says this year's severe winter could result in fewer "any deer" permits for the coming season.

"With the long, cold winter we experienced, it is prudent that we move forward thoughtfully in 2014 concerning the number of Any Deer permits issued," Woodcock says, in a statement.


 

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