Create a free website or blog at The animal was shot while Mole was illegally night hunting, according to investigators. 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. Nimble deer dodges death, floats down Maine river on ice sheet, Conservation group aims to save one deer at a time, Aroostook County Conservation Association, Maine lawmakers uphold reduced penalty for deer baiting, First Maine reindeer in 20 years born in Winslow on Easter morning, Recent blizzard shouldn’t pose a major problem for Maine’s deer, Maine hunters are still killing lots of moose, Maine wildlife biologists propose 20 percent increase in moose hunting permits, Even after reported sightings, wildlife officials declare cougar extinct in Maine, Sen. Davis seeks to amend penalties for hunting deer over bait, Maine Big Bucks and Estimated 2017 Deer Harvest, Watch the Maine deer dinner that’s causing an online feeding frenzy, Perhaps Maine DIFW Should Take a More Proactive Approach to Feeding Deer, Balancing the deer herd is often a thankless task, For a strong deer herd, factor in the winter habitat, Applegate Deer Farm harvesting antlers for health capsules, Wandering herd of deer caught on video in Eastport, Biologist says mountain lions aren't the only cats who prey on deer, These Maine men rescue a deer after it falls through thin ice. That is kind of impossible. The newly adopted big game management plan sets a target population goal of just 210,000 animals by 2033. Bad News! Since 2009, the deer harvest has averaged around 21,000 – nothing to get too excited about. Maine has a pretty stable whitetail deer population which can be seen by viewing the map, but certain areas are worst than others. The hunt started as many Maine northwoods deer hunts often do—a long drive, a light rain falling on the roof of the camp which turns to snow overnight. Updated May 2018: Read the 2018 tickborne content update for new information on Lyme disease, anaplasmosis, and babesiosis data. “I would estimate by the end of the season the winter severity index will be higher than the last two years, but it has still been a pretty mild to moderate year.” ... ... Maine’s moose population was estimated at 76,000 in 2011 and is now estimated at between 50,000 and 70,000, according to IFW... a test to see whether culling the moose population in areas with a higher incidence of winter ticks can lead to a healthier herd.., ... "This was a house cat," [Dr. Mark McCollough, an endangered species biologist]  said. 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. The ratio of registered sex offenders to all residents in this city is lower than the state average. But in Maine, body size wins, especially with deer weighing more than 200 pounds... it’s just a cultural thing ... ... Older does also teach their offspring how to survive in their local environment. We used to use only oats and barley as a mix, as recommended by the state deer biologist at the time, but now we saw that alfalfa bales have been used in Canada. ( Log Out /  When it comes to whitetail deer, the average population in the state is roughly around 203,000 animals in the state. This map also shows how the whitetail deer population can vary across the country. Twenty-six of the moose collisions resulted in a person's death, as did 10 deer collisions. A cluster of small communities with almost 3,000 residents comprise the year round population. Maine has been testing hunter-killed deer for CWD since 1999. Since 2009, the deer harvest has averaged around 21,000 ... Reports have been thrown around about mild winters and more deer, but to those who get around, it is clear that such conditions only exist in certain areas.., ... McMahon’s operation about 45 miles north of Bangor in Piscataquis County – feeding as many as 200 deer a day – has become a bit of a social-media sensation... the 71-year-old McMahon created the Facebook page called the “. Deer hunting in northern Maine utilizes all hunting methods, still hunting, tracking white tails, spotting, tree stands and deer … An examination of the eighteen-year graph shows that the Maine deer population shrank and remains that way. 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. “[Just] coming up with a list of non-lethal deterrents for people to try.” ... coyotes arrived in New York in the 1920s, and in Maine in the 60s and 70s...Â. Value for Maine (Number): 1,344,212 Data item: Population, 2019 estimate Sources: U.S. Census Bureau, Population Estimates Program (PEP), updated annually. Those areas are still experiencing low deer populations and thus deer harvests... ... In 2007, Maine hunters killed only 28,884 deer, a huge decline from the 38,153 deer taken in 2002, but only 2,000 fewer than were taken in 2018... ack of protection for winter habitat, a steady increase in predator (coyote) populations and several severe winters... ... Recent mild winters have allowed the deer population to grow and a lack of food in the fall caused the animals to be more concentrated, with snow making it easier for hunters to find them ... ... Dozens of deer were showing up. Penobscot County, Maine's estimated population is 152,479 with a growth rate of 0.22% in the past year according to the most recent United States census data. The population has been supported by mild winters in 2015-16 and 2016-17. Why? ( Log Out /  The state has roughly 30,842.92 land in area miles, mathematically leaving each person 43.1 square miles to themselves. The state recorded 32,451 deer taken last season .., in some years, more than 50 percent of moose calves in the research study have succumbed after serving as hosts to thousands of ticks... [Minnesota]: Â. (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]. No wonder Maine is now one of the top moose hunting destinations in the United States. The population was 1,975 at the 2010 census. ... In the deer management plan, a “new, high-priority” goal involves developing a chronic wasting disease response plan. " Â. Contact Information. According to the DIFW, permit numbers are increasing in nine southern and central wildlife management districts, decreasing in 11 WMDs and staying the same in nine WMDs... ... for this coming deer season, a total 84,745 any-deer permits are proposed for 22 of the state’s 29 wildlife management districts, an increase of 28 percent. The Whitetail deer density map is an interactive map utility that features white-tailed deer populations by county throughout the United States. In a 1995 report, former Maine deer biologist Gerry Lavigne estimated coyote predation in Maine accounted for nearly 30 percent of annual deer mortality .., ccording to Roland Kays, a leading coyote biologist with the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, our coyotes are 8 to 25 percent wolf...Â. scientists believe our coyotes “will have a greater chance of survival if they have access to large deer.” ... when someone in Maine suggests that a certain buck might “make the club,” they’re more likely referring to the Biggest Bucks of Maine Club, which recognizes deer with a dressed weight (no internal organs) of 200 pounds or more. The map to the right is a map of Maine broken up into the 29 different wildlife districts of Maine. The deer never panicked and was so nimble ...  The bill's designed to reduce the penalty for a second-time offender to a two-year hunting license suspension... “We had purchased a couple this fall to add to our herd and they actually had bred,” ... Last year 73% of our moose hunters got their moose. Notable landmarks in Deer Isle are the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Stonington Opera House, and the town's many art galleries. Historical Maine deer hunting data and news archive. 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’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. Maine Deer: The state estimated about 300,000 deer in spring 2020, up from about 275,000 deer in 2019, and up from an estimated 240,000 deer in mid-2017 and 2018. Partly because of Day’s influence, two white-tailed deer — orphaned fawns named Bambi and Faline — were sent by the Maine Development Commission to Hollywood by train for Disney animators to study ... LD 1041 would have extended the no-shooting zone from paved ways to 100 feet ...Â, LD 62 would have removed the ban on deer baiting ...Â. LD 341 ... would have limited hunters to bucks with 3 or more tines of one inch or longer along the main beam ...  special shotgun hunt for three years did little to thin the whitetail herd... “It’s not going to help shooting all the deer. “This should all put us on track to be fairly close to last year’s total harvest.” Â. In all, 3,135 permits were issued to hunt moose in Maine this year. Early 1900s: The state’s moose population drops to just a few thousand, statewide, after years of unrestricted hunting, including market hunting, by which animals would be shot and then sold for meat, and the continued clearing of forests for farmland.., the statewide deer herd – now an estimated at 230,000 to 250,000 white-tailed deer ...Â. Change ). Maine has the highest black bear population and density in the East with over 35,000 bears. State biologists projected a doe harvest of 7,114 in 2017 but the actual reported doe harvest was 5,950. Â. “This is one of the reasons for the proposed increase in permits for 2018,” ... 1873: First bag limit, three deer per hunter per year..,  It is impossible to effectively manage any game herd without a minimum of reasonable, scientific methods of devising estimates of population densities ...Â. There was no moose season in Maine from 1936 through 1979... ...1830: First restrictions on deer hunting; season set at Sept. 1 through Dec. 31, no bag limit...Â. The current ban only covers the deer hunting seasons... amended bill ... will require a one year suspension of the hunting license for the first deer baiting offense ... ...  the coyote was the wolf's prey. These 9 WMDs comprise the southwest corner of the state  ... 82% of all “antlerless” deer are harvested in this region... ... an estimated 15,000 coyotes in the state of Maine, according to Wally Jakubas, the leader in mammal studies for the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife ...  the Eastern coyote has about eight percent wolf DNA ... will pose a much greater risk to our deer population... ... In Maine alone, there were nearly 50,300 collisions with deer and over 7,000 with moose between 2003 and 2017. Maine sits at the northern edge of the whitetail’s range and has a long history of producing big-bodied deer, many with a dressed weight over 200 pounds. Maine Deer Hunters has 43,975 members. Deer population are measured normally more in a certain region or area. He just wants proof... ...  the men headed out to try to help the deer, bashing their way through the ice all the way out. If MDIFW is so smart, they could work with the people and hunters to implement a tax on licenses that would help cover the cost of purchasing the right kind of food. Â. With daily feedings at 9 a.m... “Nursing as late as November suggests that additionally the fawns were probably born later than normal. But if startled, it may run much farther before dropping ... ... If established in Maine, CWD may have devastating impacts on the state’s deer and moose herds, our hunting heritage, and Maine’s economy... Hunters are prohibited from importing cervid (e.g. The first graph plots Maine’s estimated, post-hunt deer population beginning in 1998 and ending in 2008. The deer population in the Southern region rebounded to near pre-2008 levels. Areas up north with less people such as Eustis and Fort Kent can handle a higher deer population than areas highly populated with humans, such as Portland and Augusta. ...The DIF&W biologist who investigates many of these cases isn’t saying that the big cats aren’t here. Between 1933 and 1934 the deer killed dropped by more than 5,000, mostly due to severe winter loss, similar to what occurred in the early- and mid-2000s... What if this is a birth defect? Penobscot County, Maine is the 4th largest county in Maine. Last year, we experimented with using 38 round bales of alfalfa for feeding deer. During this time, Maine’s deer population grew to an estimated all time high of 331,000, however, much of … It’s possible their mother is a very young mother. 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. Here’s how they explained the new law: “the amendment expands the prohibition on baiting deer during an open hunting season on deer ... ... the total deer harvest for 2016 rose to a meager 23,512 up slightly from the previous 2 seasons and down from 2013’s harvest... yet, MDIFW has announced they intend to increase the number of “Any-Deer Permits” up to over 66,000, an increase of 20,295 from last season ... ... The deer population in Maine is estimated at approximately 210,000, mostly in central and southern Maine. White-tail Deer Density Map By The Quality Deer Management Association . 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. 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. 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. The QDMA spatial map depicting deer density (deer per square mile) was digitized across the eastern United States. One thing that can be a problem, demonstrated on this map, is that populations are higher in areas where the deer can not be supported correctly. Definitions: The Census Bureau's Population Estimates Program (PEP) produces estimates of the population for the United States, its states, counties, cities, and towns, as well as for the … Home to Warren Island State … Maine state biologists estimate the Maine moose population to be around 75,000. Maine is fortunate to have a very healthy population of some the area's premier game. ... 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. 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. [deer ISLE] is a town in Hancock County, incorporated on February 2, 1789 from Deer Isle Plantation. This year the Maine will issue 10,000 fewer any-deer permits as it tries to rebuild the deer population up north. Therefore, it is estimated that the Albino deer population in Maine is approximately 6 to 11 Albino deer. ( Log Out /  Â, estimated deer population of about 275,000 in the late 1950's and during 1998 to 2000.  Â. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account.,, Maine’s Department of Inland and Fisheries Harvest page. To find out more about possible problems, read more on the “What is a tactic” page. This resulted in average to above-average estimated survival rates in central, southern, and coastal Maine and below-average survival rates in northern and western Maine.., 2018      84,745           32,438, 2017      66,050           27,233, 2016      45,755           23,512, 2015      28,770           20,325Â. 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. deer, elk, moose, and caribou) carcasses and certain cervid parts from all jurisdictions except New Hampshire. Self guided & guided Maine whitetail deer hunts available during archery and rifle season. The winter of 2018-19 was mild to moderate in central, southern, and coastal Maine and severe to very severe in northern Maine and the western mountains. 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. This is the largest concentration of moose in the country besides Alaska. : "when they started cutting deer yards, they pretty much wiped out the deer herd in northern Maine. 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Both were rescued... ... an unofficial total of 33,157 deer were tagged by the state’s hunters ... we had a record number of any-deer permits this year, which helped facilitate that [high] number ... ... In other parts of the country harvesting a deer with an enormous antler spread is the apex of hunting success. However, with improved hunting restrictions and forest regeneration, the moose population experienced significant growth into the 1990’s to an estimated 29,000 and likely reached their highest population by the year 2000. ...  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. “It’s a killing field up there,” ... They condemned the practice of hunting in a deer yard ... ... Aldo is Ware’s wire-haired dachshund — a diminutive species that was intentionally bred to track wounded animals... A badly-wounded deer will tend to lie down as soon as it feels safe, where it will likely expire. This project, Maine Deer Spy, allows deer and wildlife enthusiasts as well as Department staff around the state to record and report their deer sightings in a way that feeds right back into Maine’s deer management... ...  an all-time high of 109,890 ...the under-harvested does last year did not meet our harvest goal, so we have to issue far more permits. The deer tick distribution closely matches that of Lyme disease cases reported to the Maine CDC. Lyme Disease and Deer Tick Data for Maine Towns Are Here! Photo credit: jdj150 / / CC BY Sign in|Report Abuse|Print Page|Powered By Google Sites. The 2010 Population was 153,861 and has seen a growth of -0.90% since this time.  Some recent estimates put the deer population at 150,000 to 200,000. In 2017, 78.5 percent ... Kelso said he’s not seeing as many moose as he used to ... ... that data is available instantly.   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. When Greg and Pat Drummond opened their lodge, deer hunting was their most profitable business. 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. Under the new law, a second-time offence of hunting deer over bait during hunting season will result in a permanent ineligibility for that hunter to obtain a hunting license in Maine. "If there was a cougar population here in New England, we would know about it. It is now illegal to bring cervid carcasses or parts except in the following manner: Â. chronic wasting disease was found in deer in several states. Lavigne says that has not changed in decades...  In the Northeast, venison comprises up to 80% of a coyote’s winter diet... ... Current law prohibited deer feeding from September 10 to December 10. 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 … Population: ~ 1,330,000. To announce a shift from this method of deer management to one of concentrating on the health of the herd, stating that it will give management more “flexibility” is utter environmental nonsense ... a young deer floated past on an ice floe...Â, people began to congregate on the riverbank and began to root for the deer...Â. other video of it making it to shore! Much later it set off land to form the towns of Stonington (1897) at the southern tip of the island of Deer Isle, and Isle au Haut (1874), an off shore island.. When the antlers are completely dried, they're cut and ground into a fine powder that's sorted into capsules... the velvet antler capsules are used by customers to support the body's own natural functions... Bartlett made it clear the committee wasn’t a deer hunting group but rather a deer deterrent group. Â. “We’ve been trying to find all kinds of non-lethal ways to deter deer from doing property damage, whether it’s electric fences or chemical odor deterrents, or there’s now motion-sensitive sprinklers,” he said. Without intervention, biologists believe that the population will likely destabilize ... ... Last year, we provided $18,000 of feeding support to 51 feeders.