Did you get picked for an any-deer permit? If you're looking to trade it for a different WMD, here's what to do.

Another big deer season is quickly approaching. 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's 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 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 same type 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.

The 2021 Maine any-deer permit drawing was be held Friday, September 10. The privilege allows the permittee to hunt antlerless deer, or bucks with antlers less than three inches in length.

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