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Maine's Deer Harvest Up in 2012
12/31/2012 11:12 AM ET  

State biologist Lee Kantar attributes the increase, in large part, to last season's mild winter, which he says produced a "bumper yearling crop."

State biologists estimate that hunters harvested more than 21,000 deer during Maine's 2012 season. 

That's at least an 11.5 percent increase over last year's harvest of 18,839, according to Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife officials, though they caution that the final figure could differ somewhat when the tally is fully verified in February.

Biologist Lee Kantar attributes the increase, in large part, to last season's mild winter, which he says produced a "bumper yearling crop."

He also credits a state conservation plan which limited the allocation of Any Deer Permits in several of Maine's Wildlife Manage Districts in an effort to boost growth of the deer herd.

 

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