As a part of the sweeping changes to Maine's antlerless deer harvest, youth hunters will be allowed to take "any deer" on Youth Day without a permit.

Big changes are coming to Maine's any-deer lottery. The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife has provided additional information regarding the new system in which antlerless deer permits will be distributed. See our in depth article (below) about how the new lottery will work.

As a part of the changes, youth hunters will be allowed to harvest an antlerless deer on "Youth Day" without a permit. Only junior hunters who hold a valid junior hunting license can participate in this specially designated hunting day, which is set for October 22. The special rule is statewide, even in WMDs that won't have antlerless tags available. WMDs 1, 2, 4, 5, and 28 will not have antlerless tags available for purchase or via the lottery.

96,340 antlerless tags will be available for the upcoming deer seasons, a cut of 57,570 permits from last year. WMD 25 will have the most tags available to hunters, with 15,255. Swapping tags will no longer be allowed, so only apply for an area you plan to hunt. Applications will begin to be accepted online later this month.

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For more information about the new antlerless lottery system visit the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife website.

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