Another round of antlerless deer permits will go on-sale soon.

Hunters seeking an additional anterless deer permit will have the opportunity to purchase one next week. The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife says the second round of "over the counter" sales begins Monday, November 7, at 9 A.M. The queue will open at 8 A.M., allowing the user to "get in line" to purchase a permit.

WMDs with permits available to purchase November 7:

  • WMD 22
  • WMD 24
  • WMD 25
  • WMD 29

All hunters can purchase up to two permits online. A hunter who was awarded a permit via the lottery, and purchased a permit during the first round of online sales, can purchase one more tag on November 7. You do not need to fill tags before purchasing additional permits. Any hunters that didn't purchase a permit online, and or was not awarded one through the lottery, can purchase a permit at any time and don't need to wait until November 7.

Tags cost $14 ($12 tag + $2 agent fee). The $12 will go to the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Maine Deer Management Fund. The newly created program works to enhance deer habitat. The funds are used for predator control, and to acquire or enhance deer habitat. In addition to antlerless deer permit fees, $2 from collected deer registrations will go to the management fund. Doe tags are expected to fetch over $750,000 for the fund. The collected funds will be matched 3:1 with money from the Pittman-Robertson Act.

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Earlier in October, "over the counter" antlerless tags went on-sale. According to Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife data, over 20,000 permits were sold as of October 14. More than 16,000 permits were sold on Tuesday October 11. IFW says, "At the time the site went live at 11:00 AM, there were approximately 12,000 people immediately entering the queue. The page saw an inflow rate of up to 600 users per minute!"

15 Must-Have Items For Ice Fishing Season In Maine

Ice fishing is an excellent way to embrace the cold winter months in Maine. It will get you outdoors for some fresh air, it's family friendly, and a successful day could yield a tasty dinner. If you're new to the sport, we put together a list of gear you'll need for a fun, comfortable, and successful day on the ice. Some of these items are more essential than others. Some gear may not be essential at all, depending on how you plan to fish. Again, the items we listed are geared towards those who are new to ice fishing.

Before we get to the list, remember to dress appropriately for the cold weather. We didn't put warm outerwear on the list, but it's definitely a must-have. Dressing in layers is important to ensure you're warm enough throughout the day on the ice. If you start getting too warm, you can simply take a layer off. Hand warmers are also worth packing.

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