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Results of the 2020 Any-Deer Permit lottery will be available online by 9:00am on September 11, 2020.
During the regular firearms, and muzzleloader seasons, only those hunters possessing a valid Maine any-deer permit or bonus deer permit may hunt antlerless deer and bucks with antlers less than three inches in length. During the archery season on deer, bucks may be taken statewide. (Although an any-deer permit is not required during the archery season, antlerless deer may only be taken in WMD’s that have any-deer permits). Any-deer permits and bonus deer permits are valid only for a specific wildlife management district. A permit holder may kill an antlerless deer in the wildlife management district for which his or her permit is valid. Hunters not possessing an any-deer permit or bonus deer permit may hunt “bucks only” (antlers three inches or longer) anywhere in the State.
How to Apply for an Any-Deer Permit
You must apply for the any-deer permit lottery online. The deadline to apply was 11:59pm on August 17, 2020.
If you do not have access to a computer or the Internet at home, we would suggest:
- Using a computer at your local library
- Using a computer at work during lunch or a break
- Asking a friend or relative with a computer for help in applying
There is no application fee to apply for an any-deer permit.
To apply for an any-deer permit, you must possess a valid Maine license to hunt big game. Exceptions: See Maine resident landowners. You may enter up to three (3) Wildlife Management District choices in order of preference.
Applicants with a legal residence outside the United States or Canada cannot apply online. Those wishing to apply will need to contact the Department for help in applying.
Those who have a complimentary paraplegic hunting license or are suffering from the loss of, or the permanent loss of use, of both lower extremities or have lost all or part of one or more lower limbs not including a partial foot amputation are entitled to an any-deer permit in the district of their choice in any part of the State open to the taking of antlerless deer. Those who have a complimentary paraplegic hunting license do not need to apply for an any-deer permit. Your license grants you the right to an antlerless deer from any wildlife management district where any-deer permits are allocated. When registering the antlerless deer, use your MOSES ID number as your permit number. Those who do not have a complimentary paraplegic license but qualify under this section must submit a letter signed by a physician verifying the ambulatory disability.
To apply for a bonus deer permit, you must possess a valid Maine license to hunt big game. Exceptions: See Maine resident landowners. You may enter one (1) WMD choice in the “bonus deer permit WMD Choice” box. Selection of permit holders will be done by WMD. Permittees will be chosen through chance drawings and will be assigned to a WMD using their preferences as indicated on their application. If you do not want to apply for an any-deer permit, but would like to apply for a bonus deer permit should bonus deer permits be available, designate a WMD choice for a bonus deer permit.
To apply for a superpack deer permit (Maine residents only), you must possess a valid Maine resident superpack license. Enter your superpack WMD choices in order of preference. The same application is used to enter the any-deer permit lottery. Note: If you apply for and win a super pack permit you will not be entered in the landowner or regular permit lottery. More information on Superpack License/Permits.
The deadline to apply for an any-deer permit is August 17, 2020.
To apply for an any-deer permit or bonus any deer permit, you must hold a valid Maine license to hunt big game. Exceptions: See Maine resident landowners.
To apply for a superpack deer permit (Maine residents only), you must possess a valid Maine resident superpack license.
Residents and nonresidents under 16 years of age can hunt deer with a junior hunting license.
An applicant who applies with an archery license and receives a permit may take an antlerless deer with a firearm during the regular firearm season or muzzleloading season provided a valid firearms license is also possessed.
Residents may purchase a license online or from license agents throughout the state.
Nonresidents may also purchase a license online or by mail at the time they apply for their any-deer permit. Nonresident license application (PDF).
Bonus Deer Permits
Bonus deer permits are only awarded in WMD’s where there are more permits available than applications received and in deer management subunits. If you do not want to apply for an any-deer permit but would like to apply for a bonus deer permit should bonus permits be available, make sure you designate two WMD choices for a bonus deer permit. No WMD changes can be made after the drawing.
- A bonus deer permit entitles a hunter to an additional antlerless deer in the district for which the permit is assigned.
- Bonus deer permits are for antlerless deer only. An applicant may choose to apply for a bonus deer permit and not apply for an any-deer permit.
- Bonus deer permits will be distributed to hunters who applied for a bonus deer permit in the WMD where any-deer permits went unused.
- Successful bonus deer permit applicants will be listed online with the any-deer permit and superpack deer permit winners.
- Bonus deer permits may be used at any time during the archery, expanded archery (designated areas only), firearm, or muzzle-loading seasons on deer, but only in the assigned WMD. Hunters are not required to fill their any-deer permit prior to using a bonus deer permit.
- Bonus deer permits are available to residents and nonresidents and will be allocated in the same proportion of residents to nonresidents as the regular any-deer permit drawing.
- Bonus deer permits may be transferred in the same manner as any-deer permits. The deadline for the bonus deer permit is the same as the any-deer permit. (See Transfer of Deer Permits).
These permits will help achieve population goals for the Wildlife Management District by requiring the hunter to take only an antlerless deer. The benefit to the hunter is being able to take a second deer during any open season, greatly increasing opportunity. We assume that hunters who apply for an any-deer permit in a Wildlife Management District are likely to hunt in that area because they live there or have a place to hunt.
Hunters who are awarded a bonus deer permit do not need to pay for the permit. Bonus permit winners need to record their bonus permit number (which can be found online after the drawing), and report this bonus permit number when tagging their deer.
The department suggests that bonus permit winners write their bonus permit number down and keep the number with their hunting license so it is readily available when needed at the tagging station.
Special Landowner Drawing
Any private landowner is eligible for the landowner permit drawing if the person owns a particular piece of land that is: 25 or more contiguous acres in size; is agricultural, forested or undeveloped land; and open to hunting, including hunting by permission. Any dependent living in the household of a qualifying landowner is eligible. Applicant’s hunting privilege cannot be under revocation.
Any shareholder in a Chapter S Corporation is eligible for the landowner permit drawing if the corporation’s principle business is forestry or agriculture and owns a particular piece of land that is: 25 or more contiguous acres in size, is agricultural or undeveloped land; and open to hunting including hunting by permission. Dependents of shareholders are not eligible.
Qualifying landowners must complete the landowner permit application and the standard any-deer permit application (both included on the same application form – see exceptions above). The location of the qualifying property must be provided (tax map and lot number).
You do not have to apply in the same district where the 25+ acre parcel of land is located if you apply with a regular hunting license. The district choice on your application applies to both drawings.
You will automatically be included in the general permit drawing if you are unsuccessful in the special landowner drawing.
How the Drawing Works
Recipients of any-deer permits will be determined by a random computerized drawing from among applications submitted.
A four stage drawing will be held.
- 1st Stage: Superpack license holders receive up to 2.5% of the permits available in WMD’s with at least 3,500 permits. These superpack deer permits are for a second deer which must be an antlerless deer. Any unallocated permits will be transferred to the regular any-deer permit lotteries.
- 2nd Stage:Landowners who qualify for the landowner any-deer permit drawing will receive up to 25% of the any-deer permits available in each WMD. Any landowner permits which have not been allocated to landowners will be distributed to regular any-deer permit lotteries.
- 3rd Stage: Junior hunters will receive up to 25% of the any-deer permits available in each WMD. Any junior hunter permits which have not been allocated to junior hunters will be distributed in the regular lottery (4th Stage).
- 4th Stage: The remaining any-deer permits after the superpack, landowner, and junior hunter drawings are allocated to the regular lottery. If any permits remain after this lottery they are transferred to the bonus any-deer lottery.
- 5th Stage:Bonus antlerless only deer permit lottery is used to distribute bonus permits to those applicants who have indicated on their applications that they are interested in receiving one.
An any-deer permit grants the privilege of killing and registering an antlerless deer instead of the buck that is granted by the Maine hunting license.
A bonus deer permit or a superpack deer permit grants the privilege of killing and registering an additional deer (antlerless only).
Each successful applicant in the permit drawing will be issued a number. The Department does not mail out any-deer permits or transportation tags. Any-deer permit winners need to record their permit number (which can be found online after the drawing on September 11, 2020), and report this permit number when tagging their deer.
The department suggests that any-deer permit winners write their permit number down and keep the number with their license so it is readily available when needed at the tagging station.
Applicants not selected in the drawing will not be listed.
Maine Resident Landowner Exception
Maine resident landowners may hunt without a license on their own land if they live on that particular piece of land, the piece of land exceeds 10 acres in size, and the land is used exclusively for agricultural purposes. A landowner whose hunting privilege is under revocation is not eligible to receive an any-deer permit or bonus deer permit. An unlicensed resident landowner may apply for an any-deer permit or bonus deer permit only in the district where his or her qualifying land is located. If an unlicensed landowner is selected to receive a permit, the permit is valid only on the qualifying land, even if a hunting license is later acquired. In order for a permit to be valid anywhere in a district, a hunting license must be acquired prior to application and that license number used on the application.
Any-Deer/Junior/Landowner/Bonus Deer/Superpack Deer Permit Swap Information
An any-deer, junior, landowner, bonus deer, or superpack deer permit winner will be allowed to swap their permit with another permit winner in order to swap hunting districts. Only one swap or transfer per permit is allowed.
Permits may only be swapped for same type permits. Any-deer permits may only be swapped for any-deer permits, junior permits may only be swapped for junior permits, landowner permits may only be swapped for landowner permits, bonus deer permits may only be swapped for bonus deer permits, and superpack deer permits may only be swapped for superpack deer permits. Residents can only swap with residents, and nonresidents can only swap with nonresidents.
Any-deer permit winners who wish to swap their permit with another permit winner will need to do all their own work to identify and contact potential permit winners to swap with.
An optional third-party service is available to help identify someone to swap any-deer permits with. The service is available at Doe Tag Swap (third party service).
You can also purchase a complete listing of all permit winners and their mailing addresses by contacting InforME at (207) 621-2600 or by sending an email to [email protected]
Permit swaps must be completed online. Once a permit holder has identified someone to swap permits with, the swap must be completed online by midnight on October 26, 2020. The fee for the swap is $7.00.
Any-Deer/Junior/Landowner/Bonus Deer/Superpack Deer Permit Transfer Information
A resident who has been issued an any-deer, junior, landowner, bonus deer, or superpack deer permit can transfer the permit to another resident..
A nonresident who has been issued an any-deer, junior, landowner, or bonus deer permit can transfer the permit to another nonresident.
A resident permit may only be transferred to another resident, and a nonresident permit may only be transferred to another nonresident. Only one transfer or swap per permit is allowed.
Permit transfers must be completedonlineby midnight on October 26, 2020. There is no fee to transfer a permit.
Permit Allocations by District
Permit allocations are based on management goals for each district – few or no permits where deer populations are low, greater numbers where deer are more abundant, and on hunter success rates from previous seasons.
Proposed Any-Deer Permit Allocations by Wildlife Management District (WMD) for 2020*
Note: Bucks Only in any WMD’s not listed below.