Time is running low to swap an any-deer permit for a different WMD. If you're looking to trade, here's what to do.

It's another record-setting season for any-deer permits. The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife issued 153,910 any-deer permits for the upcoming deer season. The number of permits is up 44,020 from last year when 109,890 permits were issued. 68,145 permits were issued in 2019. The winners are posted here.

There are various reasons as to why a hunter may choose to trade or swap any-deer tags with another hunter. Some take to Facebook groups looking for someone to swap with, which is perfectly fine and legal. Another way is directly through the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, or a third-party service, DoeTagSwap.com.

Before you swap, know the rules:

  • Only one swap or transfer per permit is allowed.
  • Permits may only be swapped for the same type of permits. For example, junior permits may only be swapped for junior permits. Bonus deer permits may only be swapped for bonus deer permits. In addition, nonresidents can only swap with nonresidents.
  • Any swaps must be completed online by midnight on October 25, 2021.
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