Deer hunters eager to learn if they received an any-deer permit should visit the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife website at mefishwildlife.com to see if they were selected for an any-deer permit.

Click here to go directly to the area of the website to see the 2014 any-deer permit winners.

This year, more than 64,000 deer hunters applied for the 37,185 permits that were available in 12 wildlife management districts. There are 29 regional wildlife management districts throughout the state, and the permits were issued in districts that are primarily in southern and central Maine. Annually, more than 175,000 deer hunters take part in the deer season.

The firearms deer hunting season begins with Youth Deer Hunting Day on Saturday, Oct. 25. Youth hunters may take a buck statewide or an antlerless deer only in the wildlife management districts where any-deer permits are issued this fall. Maine Resident Only Day is Saturday, Nov. 1 this year and the general firearm deer hunting season runs from Monday, Nov. 3 to Saturday, Nov. 29

The department uses the any-deer permit system to manage the white-tailed deer population in the state. By controlling the harvest of female deer in the 29 regional wildlife management districts throughout the state, biologists can manage population trends.

Hunters who do not receive an any-deer permits are only allowed to shoot an antlered deer.

For more information on deer hunting in Maine, visit mefishwildlife.com.

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