... because of the high number of does taken last season ... proposed issuing 68,145 any-deer permits for the fall hunt, a 20 percent reduction from last year’s record number of 84,745... Severe winter conditions in northern and western Maine this year ... [population] estimated at 230,000 to 250,000 white-tailed deer ... ... "We had the spruce bud worm outbreak, in the '70s and '80s, and there was a lot of salvage logging that went on. The ratio of registered sex offenders to all residents in this city is lower than the state average. ...The DIF&W biologist who investigates many of these cases isn’t saying that the big cats aren’t here. Pioneering new techniques MDIFW estimated moose at around 76,000 in 2012. Deer population are measured normally more in a certain region or area. The reported number of deer harvested during 2012 was 21,553; the 2011 harvest was 18,170, only slightly above the 2009 figure which was the lowest in decades, with a total of 18,092. That means a human died in 0.37 percent of moose collisions, compared with 0.02 percent of deer collisions... ... The legislature is trying to pass a bill (LD#27) to allow hunters to use high powered crossbows to kill deer along most of coastal Maine (referred to as the Expanded zone.) In 2014, a proposal from a Bar Harbor deer herd control task force was rejected by voters, 54 percent to 46 percent, a margin of about 200 votes.Â. This picturesque town is nestled in the Carrabassett River Valley, surrounded by the beautiful mountains of Western Maine. The 2009 estimated, post-hunt deer population figure has not been made available to the public as of yet. Last year, we experimented with using 38 round bales of alfalfa for feeding deer. This includes the temporary importation of cervid carcasses and parts that are in-transit through Maine to another jurisdiction... ... netted 5 miles off the coast of Maine -- a disoriented swimming deer... "Couldn't let the poor guy suffer and drown,"  ... ...  560 of 850 permit-holders — 65.9 percent — filled their tags during the season that ran from Sept. 23-28... A year ago, 79.6 percent of the September moose hunters were successful. According to our research of Maine and other state lists, there were 3 registered sex offenders living in Deer Isle, Maine as of January 04, 2021. In recent years, 450 to 500 deer have been tested, along with about 15 moose, Bieber [Maine’s deer biologist, Nathan Bieber] said... The state has issued 84,745 any-deer permits ... the highest total since Maine launched its permit system in 1986..,       With Chronic Wasting Disease discovered in bordering Quebec, the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife implemented emergency rules designed to protect Maine's deer and moose herds, and keep Maine CWD free...Â. We learn about the fate of Maine’s moose population and what wildlife managers plan to do to protect this charismatic animal. Deer hunting in northern Maine utilizes all hunting methods, still hunting, tracking white tails, spotting, tree stands and deer … The deer tick distribution closely matches that of Lyme disease cases reported to the Maine CDC. ...  Fish and Wildlife Department’s implementation of an automated deer tagging system, an online hookup between the town tagging stations and the policymakers at DIF&W... more so-called real-time data ... ... The state’s largest deer harvest included in data going back to 1940 came in 1959, when hunters tagged 41,735 deer... ... their doe quota this year was 8,759, and their projected buck harvest was 16,850. In 2010, the total was 20,063, with a significant increase in the number of yearling bucks sporting multi-pointed antlers and a decrease in the percentage of antlerless deer taken.Â, A recent study suggests changes in forest management may be "indicative of declines in extent of deer wintering habitat throughout the Northern Forest Region" [. seasons and 28,323 during the 2019 hunting seasons... ... State biologists say the hefty boost in permits is needed to reach the state’s doe-harvest goal of 13,000 to reduce the state’s white-tailed deer population of nearly 300,000... ... An estimated 94 percent of Maine is considered habitat for deer ... deer are less attracted to things like onions, garlic, rhubarb and “fuzzy, spiky” plants like squash and cucumbers... perennials like black-eyed susan, foxglove, cardinal flower and bergamot ... ... To bolster our understanding of whitetail recruitment patterns in the state, we’ve created a pilot project to solicit help from Maine’s citizen scientists. Create a free website or blog at WordPress.com. For hunters who wonder whether their local deer density is too high, or whether local habitats can support more deer, the poster outlines the population factors and habitat indicators that should be considered. Clearly there is not one set population that has to be the same throughout the state. In all, 3,135 permits were issued to hunt moose in Maine this year. E-Mail. Eight years later, it seems that, although we have gained useful data on moose sex ratios and causes of mortality, and other indices, we have fallen short in counting heads... ... The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife would like to expand any-deer permits this year to nearly 85,000, which is up 28 percent from last year. This year ACCA bought 120 bales of alfalfa hay... ...  I posed the question to the nearly 40,000 members of the Maine Deer Hunters Facebook Group for discussion ... the theme remained the same. Legislation to allow deer baiting drew strong opposition from the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine, Maine Professional Guides Association, and Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, pretty much guaranteeing it will be defeated ... scaled back the proposal for this year’s permit allocation by 19.6 percent, to 68,145...  a decrease year-over-year, the total is still the second highest for any-deer permits in the past 15 years.., The state’s moose population was last estimated in a 2012 aerial survey at roughly 76,000. When it comes to whitetail deer, the average population in the state is roughly around 203,000 animals in the state. Finally, Maine’s deer population grew prolifically through the 1990’s as a result of the regulatory system that limited doe harvest, plus a series of mild winters. Installing deer fencing at least 7.5' feet high is recommended to protect organic gardens, farms and pastures from the threat of deer browsing and damage. We had a very high neo-nate mortality. It took 20 minutes or a half-hour to reach the deer ... [after the rescue the deer] woke up and jumped right up ... ... Wildlife Division Director Judy Camuso estimated that the state’s deer herd at 240,000 this summer. P: (207) 527-2047 F: (207) 527-2602. “That gives you a real good idea of the health of the herd right now," .., Bieber said that there had been over the past 10 years a consistent under-harvest of does ...Â, The buck-to-doe ratio in Maine, says Bieber, is about 2.5 does to 1 buck ...Â. no doe permits being issued in Maine’s northernmost wildlife management districts .., Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, Many local extinctions can be traced back to unregulated hunting in the 1800s ...Â, the Maine wilderness has shrunk and changed dramatically ...Â, caribou have roamed North America in herds for an estimated 2 million years...Â. the last sighting coming out of the Katahdin Region in 1914.., “Typically, about 82 to 86 percent of our total harvest is from the regular firearms season,” Bieber said.   Deer habitat, particularly for wintering, has declinedÂ, First restrictions on deer hunting were applied in,  ban on Sunday hunting began in 1883. Â, Between the mid-1950s and early 1960s the department estimated Maine’s deer population to be 250,000, and 35,000 to 40,000 deer were harvested annually.  During the 1960s, harsh winters, wintering habitat loss, coyote colonization, and increasing hunting pressure resulted in the population declining to approximately 141,000.  For more history see the, A Guide to Making an Urban Deer Management Plan, Non Lethal Deer Population Control for Urban Environments. With daily feedings at 9 a.m... “Nursing as late as November suggests that additionally the fawns were probably born later than normal. This is the largest concentration of moose in the country besides Alaska. Just as abundant in the state are over 200,000 whitetail deer and 75,000 Moose - the highest aside from Alaska. Area: 35,385 sq mi (91,646 sq km). ...The deer kill in Maine stands at 30,299 through the Traditional Firearm Season on Deer. The study, "Ineffectiveness of local zoning to reduce regional loss and fragmentation of wintering habitat forÂ. That’s up from an estimated 199,000 in 2008... we’ve had a series of mild winters ...  in 2000 when the department limited coastal areas to about 15 deer per square mile ... ...  former Maine deer biologist Gerry Lavigne reported ...  Depending upon which study you read, Eastern coyotes have always contained 8% to 30 % wolf DNA going back to the 1940s. http://forum.gon.com/showthread.php?t=294575, https://www.maine.gov/ifw/wildlife/land/wmd/map.htm, Maine’s Department of Inland and Fisheries Harvest page. The whitetail deer population isn’t remotely close to that of the human population in Maine, but that still doesn’t mean that there is a problem. Between the mid-1950s and early 1960s the department estimated Maine’s deer population to be 250,000, and 35,000 to 40,000 deer were harvested annually. Â. As seen on the map on the “Maine’s Population” page, population can vary depending on region and area of the country. The deer went through the ice and a local man tried to save it before falling through the ice, too. A cluster of small communities with almost 3,000 residents comprise the year round population. (They are staying closer to town near the feed and away from coyotes) ... ... not only has the number of Big Bucks killed over the past 16 or so years decreased but ... the % of Big Bucks to the total harvest has not remained steady...  the number of Big Bucks and the percentage of total harvest dropped and essentially has remained low since at least 2008  [interesting graphs and data to support this analysis]. The ratio of all residents to sex offenders in Deer Isle is 658 to 1. He just wants proof... ...  the men headed out to try to help the deer, bashing their way through the ice all the way out. Islesboro is a town in Waldo County, Maine, United States.The population was 566 at the 2010 census.It has a summer colony accessible by ferry from Lincolnville Beach three miles to the west, by private boat, or by air taxi service. Although there are fewer deer in northern Maine ... ... Permits would increase dramatically in seven of 30 hunting districts, mostly in York County and in central Maine up along the coast to Belfast, where the white-tailed deer herd has rebounded dramatically after two mild winters ... The statewide deer herd was decimated during the harsh winters of 2008 and 2009 ... ... planning to offer more than 65,000 permits this year, an increase from last year’s total of more than 45,000, which itself was a 60 percent climb from the previous year... a few successively mild winters and haven’t had severe conditions for at least two years ... ... The Eastern coyote has long been recognized by state biologists as a coyote-wolf hybrid, first documented in Maine in the early 1900s [not native] ...   about 8 percent wolf DNA becoming more “wolfy” ... hunters offer anecdotal evidence that coyotes can take down even large, healthy deer. The newly adopted big game management plan sets a target population goal of just 210,000 animals by 2033. Only about 1 in every 30,000 deer are Albino. Lobstering is the mainstay of the economy although the diversity of the Island’s businesses draws many visitors from off Island. When Greg and Pat Drummond opened their lodge, deer hunting was their most profitable business. By looking at the results from the 2012 Fall hunting season for whitetail deer, found at Maine’s Department of Inland and Fisheries Harvest page, most of the successful hunts were performed in the Central Maine area. [deer ISLE] is a town in Hancock County, incorporated on February 2, 1789 from Deer Isle Plantation. Once fully implemented, the program will allow biologists to get real-time data on harvest numbers and a more immediate read on the health of the state’s moose, deer, bear and turkey populations... ... “We’ve had a really mild February for the most part, so I think a big storm coming after all that mildness is not going to be that big a deal for deer,” ... “So far [the winter] has been more severe than the last two years,” Bieber said. It appeared to some that this doe's face was actually two faces, and that the extremely rare phenomenon known as diprosopus ... the doe's body looks filled out and colorful, meaning she seems to be eating and drinking properly... Maine’s deer hunters registered 32,451 deer during the 2018 hunting. Unlike bucks, which more often disperse from their natal home range as yearlings, does tend to stay closer to home, often establishing a home range nearby, adjacent to or overlapping their mother’s home range. The QDMA spatial map depicting deer density (deer per square mile) was digitized across the eastern United States. The disease hasn’t been detected in Maine, but managers are taking a possible outbreak seriously... “Moose densities themselves may be the biggest reason why winter tick has exerted such an influence on moose abundance ... ... This month the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife will launch a beta test during the spring turkey hunt in which tagging stations will record harvests on computer software. It all kind of makes you wonder how, with an incomplete data base, the Department can make informed deer management decisions ... During the 1960s ... Harsh winters, wintering habitat loss, coyote colonization, and increasing hunting pressure resulted in the population declining to approximately 141,000... the projected doe harvest was not reached last fall. The population was 1,975 at the 2010 census. The deer was left to suffer during the night until Mole returned the following morning ... ... this was the 34th time a bill was proposed that would permit some form of Sunday hunting... If Sunday hunting should become a day of deer hunting added to the week, not only would the season length have to be shortened to prevent overkill, it would have to be shortened to compensate for the extra hunters that would hunt on that Sunday ...      A population of up to 240,000 estimated for mid-,      The average population estimate from 1955 to 2003 was around 215,000. That, coupled with the very mild winter we had last winter resulted in a higher than typical over-winter survival of deer.   ...  State biologists now estimate the statewide deer population at close to 300,000 ...      Maine’s core moose population has remained relatively stable over the last ten years, but this comes after a century of fluctuation. Lyme Disease and Deer Tick Data for Maine Towns Are Here! Maine is lucky enough to be one of the few states to have an abundant moose population. Biologists call this the rose petal effect ... ... If established in Maine, Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) may have devastating impacts on the state’s deer and moose herds, our hunting heritage, and Maine’s economy. Housekeeping cabins available. Value for Maine (Number): 1,344,212 Data item: Population, 2019 estimate Sources: U.S. Census Bureau, Population Estimates Program (PEP), updated annually. A growing number of Mainers hunt with muzzleloaders for as much as the next two weeks. ( Log Out /  Sign in|Report Abuse|Print Page|Powered By Google Sites. 20) Minnesota: Deer population around 1 million These are the top states where deer management is a must. Maine has a pretty stable whitetail deer population which can be seen by viewing the map, but certain areas are worst than others. All you need is a phone, tablet or computer, and the ability to navigate to the. Maine’s moose population experienced a severe decline to an estimated 2,000 individuals in the early 1900s. 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