State wildlife regulators increased the number of deer … Just looking close up at Moose River Twp and Dole Pond, both show considerable increases for 2018. Maine is one of the hardest, if not the hardest, state in the US to kill a mature whitetail. Opening day featured weather that favored hunters, and they took advantage, according to Bieber. Reports typically are published in March of the following year, after data have been analyzed. He patrolled districts in Aroostook and Penobscot counties. More by John Holyoke. “We don’t need data for management immediately after the season, but it has been really cool just to be able to answer questions,” Bieber said. Maine’s wildlife and hunting traditions—and America’s—depend on it.About the Author: Ronnie Lyon began hunting when he was 5 years old under the mentorship of his father. Bears were active throughout the rifle deer season making them more vulnerable to opportunistic deer … In our decades of hunting Maine’s woods, our hunters and guides have seen some incredible deer, including some of the largest bucks in state. Nathan Bieber, the state deer biologist for the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, said a total of 28,314 deer were tagged by hunters using bows and arrows, crossbows, rifles and muzzleloaders this year. Maine hunters on track to harvest more than 30,000 deer this year by John ... 20,282 deer had been registered by all hunters thus far in 2019. By simply maximizing marketing options and providing educational resources through partner organizations and assisting their work, Georgia has had a 13 percent increase in hunting license sales over the last five years. 2019 Deer Harvest ‐ Recent Trend Comparison 2 DEC checks hunter‐killed deer each year to determine reporting rate by zone and tag type (DMP, Bow/Muzz, Regular Season tags, etc.) Harvest figures by season are as follows: Youth Deer Hunt Day and Paraplegic Hunt: 94 By that point, estimates based on Maine’s online registration system were already close to 2004 harvest numbers when 30,926 deer were reported. Rick Crowe, 63, of Princeton, was attempting to help a deer that had fallen through the ice of Long Lake in Princeton when his canoe overturned, the Maine Warden Service said. A year ago, the weather wasn’t so great for hunters on opening day, and only 2,400 deer were killed. Much of Maine’s interior is uninhabited. A further breakdown, with all totals consisting of preliminary data that may be adjusted: — On Youth Deer Day, a day set aside for junior hunters, 728 deer were tagged. Hunters harvested more than 5,000 deer on Sundays. A hearty congratulations goes out to all of Maine’s successful hunters from this season. Visitors to Maine killed 1,467 bears (62%) of the 2,370 bears tagged during 2019. … The firearms season for deer and the “any moose” hunt are open until Nov. 30. Physical Address: 284 State Street Augusta, ME 04333-0041. When Maine’s 2018 deer season closed Dec. 8, initial estimates showed the harvest undoubtedly would surpass 2007’s figures. Technology will be a standard tool of Maine’s efforts. ... Mar 14, 2019 #1 groundtender Active member. About 225,000 in 2016 and 211,000 deer in 2015. Maine news, sports, politics, election results, and obituaries. 2019 White-tailed Deer Harvest Report Overview Hunters harvested a total of 16,550 deer during the four Vermont deer seasons in 2019, providing about 3.3 million servings of local, nutritious venison. As a Georgia boy, this is a foreign concept to me. You can help by recruiting a new hunter, helping to retain active hunters and/or reactivating a hunter who hasn’t been afield in a while. The total harvest was 3 percent less than the previous 3-year average (17,072), while the buck harvest was 2 … by Ron Lyon - Therefore, he thinks the high number of deer taken was a product of favorable weather and a thriving deer herd that provides hunters with plenty of animals to pursue. “Last year was a record year [over the previous decade] and it was hard to measure up to that.”, [iframe url=”https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/e/2PACX-1vTZqxDoJ3_QRQR3ujRmXp61zSfTdWFPriO0hhhBHE_iJZa6hi6wUD8oGrQCSBmxQngvwXVxiwR_Rbey/pubchart?oid=1335118742&format=interactive” width=”600″ height=”371″]. 2019 Maine moose season registered kill by WMD, season, permit type, and success rates. Aging hunter populations and the digital entertainment age have been pointed to as causes. Contact Information. Maine Department of Inland Fish and Wildlife, Shop Your State Wildlife Agency for Last-Minute Gifts, Maine Sees Increase in Female Moose Hunters, Tennessee to Benefit from Georgia’s Hunter Expansion Programs, 2021 National Rifle Association of America. In Connecticut, for example, the state had to step in and manage herds in settled areas where deer were suffering from stunted bone growth and fur problems because their numbers had exceeded carrying capacity, or what the habitat could support. Get the NRA Hunters' Leadership Forum newsletter for at-a-glance access to all the latest news about the legislative challenges hunters face—delivered directly to your Inbox. There were about 1,968 moose harvested by the 2,820 permit holders in the fall hunts, which occur in … By that point, estimates based on Maine’s online registration system were already close to 2004 harvest numbers when 30,926 deer were reported. Most deer were harvested during the general firearms season, which totaled 25 hunting days including Opening To bring Maine’s R3 program to its fullest potential will require a complete evaluation of existing initiatives and the creation of new ones. In 2019, firearms season for deer runs from October 26 to November 30. Bow hunting is allowed from Sept. 7 to Dec. 14 in parts of Harpswell. Stories like these are the ones that no one likes to tell but they constitute a chapter in the book of modern hunting. “A lot of people are really curious about how the season went, and what happened, and where, and being able to actually look that up just after the season is great, rather than having to wait six months until when people have sort of lost interest.”. This program provides more opportunities for the hunting public and reduces the often problematic and growing urban deer herd. Bieber said the state’s new online big game registration system has allowed him and other biologists to have educated discussions with Mainers wondering how the season has been going. Most people in Maine and other parts of deer hunter havens across the country, know that the biggest buck, by weight, ever taken in Maine was in 1955. I have always loved a good deer-hunting story: stories told wide-eyed and shivering at the harvest site or leisurely around the campfire, of the one that got away or the one that didn’t. Families of Maine hunters will be eating plenty of venison this winter, as nearly 30,000 of those hunters successfully filled their tags. Interesting to compare this to the 2017 map. PRINCETON, Maine (AP) — A man and a deer were rescued from the icy waters of a Maine lake after the man fell into the water trying to save the struggling deer. They never cease to hold my attention. Statewide population estimates place the herd at some 250,000 animals. Joined Feb 9, 2016 Messages 477 Reaction score 119 Location Midcoast Maine. The population has been supported by mild winters in 2015-16 and 2016-17. AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - Maine’s biggest hunting seasons are headed into their final two weeks of the year. After he got out, he worked as an aircraft mechanic and earned his pilot's license. The 2017 season’s harvest of 27,233 deer was the highest in Maine since 2007’s 28,885. balancing age-class structure and sex ratios in the mule deer population in certain areas of Texas where too many young bucks were being harvested, laments the loss of both hunters and deer in a Bangor Daily News article from just three years ago. Tennessee is benefiting from these modern practices as well, since hiring the successful manager of Georgia’s Marketing and Communications office, Jenifer Wisniewski. Georgia, for example, recently posted positive growth in hunter participation numbers and directly credits the ability to digitally partner with organizations under the national “R3” initiative. Maine hunters on track to harvest more than 30,000 deer this year. and to monitor biological metrics of deer taken (age, sex, antler characteristics). The harvest was 3% higher than the 2018-2019 total of 77,382 deer. While the first certainly is inevitable, the second has had its bright spots. This was not unexpected. The fact is, harsher northern winters result in a built-in mortality rate. As of Nov. 26, 2018, Maine hunters had logged 30,299 deer. 13% of the harvest occurred in the late season, fully 36% of the 2019 harvest occurred in the overlap with the November (14)deer season. Tennessee is benefiting from these modern practices as well, since hiring the successful manager of Georgia’s Marketing and Communications office, Jenifer Wisniewski. Snow covered much of the state for that 2018 season, which likely helped hunters reach that 32,000-deer plateau by the end of the season. Today, he's the Outdoors editor for the BDN, a job that allows him to meet up with Maine outdoors enthusiasts in their... 1/29/2020 Division of Fisheries and Wildlife; Media Contact for Preliminary deer harvest report shows another near-record year in 2019 Living in an off-grid camp hunting big woods deer with success. According to the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife (MDIFW), Mainers can expect another great year of hunting tales from the field. The last three winters in Maine have been characterized as mild, especially in the south where the majority of Mainers live. This is exactly the type of scientifically-based herd management used, for example, in balancing age-class structure and sex ratios in the mule deer population in certain areas of Texas where too many young bucks were being harvested. The statewide harvest included 29,233 antlered and 46,777 antlerless white-tailed deer, plus 1,552 antlered and 1,895 antlerless sika deer. Deer hunters in Maine harvested 28,323 deer in 2019, a decrease of 12.7% from 2018 when 32,451 deer were taken. As of Nov. 26, 2018, Maine hunters had logged 30,299 deer. The preliminary statewide deer harvest for 2019 is 13,921 – the second highest harvest on record, 629 fewer than the 2018 record. Saturday, April 20, 2019. 2019 Maine Deer Harvest . Longer archery seasons in certain areas have been a part of Maine’s management plan for over a decade and have garnered positive results. Mailing … Muzzleloader season extends to December 14 in Harpswell. Privacy Policy   •   Contact Us   •   Warnings   •   FAQs   •  © 2021 National Rifle Association of America. These permits allow biologists to focus on the populations of females in different regions of the state and provide for an increase or decrease in the female harvest, thereby increasing the quality of the overall hunting experience. Anybody with access to a computer or smartphone can check the total number of each big game animal tagged at any time. For more on hunting season dates and state regulations, click here. Maine 2013 deer harvest by town Maine’s top 10 towns for the number of deer tagged by hunters has shifted to the south. We took somewhere around 3,800 deer on opening day this year,” Bieber said. “These days, the woods are quiet on opening day and throughout the season, with just an occasional shot. R3 stands for recruitment of new hunters, retention of current hunters and reactivation of former hunters. B J ay Lee York Saco Bath Aln a Stow Hope Weld Gray Peru Knox Rome T roy Oti s Avo Etna Mil o Win n W ade Act n Elio t We ls Lyman Hira m Wales Mino t Union P ari s Leeds When you factor in the string of mild winters in the southern part of the state, there also are more surviving deer to hunt. Deer permits increased in 2016-17, 2017-18, and 2018-19. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1992 to 1994 as an avionics technician. September 9, 2019 by Tom Leave a Comment. Bieber says the state is already looking at options for the 2019 season to increase the harvest in several overpopulated areas. In managing its deer populations, MDIFW had increased the number of available “any deer” permits by 28 percent over the previous year to 84,745. This year’s buck harvest of 20,093 was an increase of 9.6% from 2018. E-mail your comments/questions about this site to: EmediaHunter@nrahq.org. Jim Fahey worked for the Maine Warden Service as a seasonal dispatcher, deputy and full-time game warden from 1990 to 2019. John Holyoke has been enjoying himself in Maine's great outdoors since he was a kid. Hunters’ contribution to the wildlife conservation effort cannot be overstated. That new hire, as of July 2018, is Katie Yates, who comes from a marketing background and will be very busy in her new job. Maine's annual whitetail harvest, which peaked at 28,000 animals in the late 1980s, has dropped to under 20,000 recently. A banner start set the tone that the season would follow. The estimated 2020 statewide harvest of 12,971 is an increase of 7% from the 2019 final kill of 12,306. Social media has proved a benefit for some states. He started with squirrel and dove, and graduated to whitetail deer. Bieber said “hunter effort,” a data point that considers how much time hunters spend afield, seems to have remained fairly consistent. He still hunts with his dad. These any-deer permits allow a hunter the option of taking a deer of either sex and are a valuable tool in herd management. When I spoke with MDIFW Wildlife Biologist Nathan Bieber about these permits and Maine’s 2018 season, he mentioned the any-deer permit’s role in the increased harvest but also its role in “quality management.” A common herd management issue is the ratio of makes to females, or bucks to does, within the population. And it’s not just biologists who benefit. Maine’s reputation for producing high-quality bear hunting was again reflected in the distribution of the harvest by hunter residency. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. The 2017 season’s harvest of 27,233 deer was the highest in Maine since 2007’s 28,885. Maine hunters harvested 28,000 deer in 2019 ... the state deer biologist for the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, said a total of 28,314 deer were tagged by … Back in 1980, we realized that we were taking many more large bucks than anyone else, and our success was equaling that of Maine’s “good old days”. Nationally, hunter participation is trending downward and, therefore, so is the funding that is essential to conservation efforts. I later discovered that the past year’s harvest had surpassed 2004 and officially will be ranked as the best since 2002. by John Holyoke, BDN Staff ... 20,282 deer had been registered by all hunters thus far in 2019. Still, the harvest exceeded the 10-year average of 22,943 deer. The totals are updated daily. Before the system was introduced in 2018, biologists would not have had harvest information until months after the deer season ended. AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine hunters harvested more deer in 2020 than they had in almost two decades. Her initial task is immense. — Regular archery hunters took 619 deer, while muzzleloader hunters killed 1,155. — That leaves about 24,241 deer that were taken during the regular firearms season. Maine 2018 Deer Harvest Map. Biggest Bucks of Maine Per Year of Deer Harvest. Non-resident hunters shot more of the bears (66%) taken … Each year the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department publishes a summary of harvest information on the take of deer, black bear, moose, wild turkey and furbearers in the state. When you pull that venison from the freezer or pick up that buck from the taxidermist, think of Nathan Bieber and Katie Yates. Over-browsing of the land and vehicle interactions can have a detrimental effect on these populations. Follow NRA Hunters' Leadership Forum on Twitter @HuntersLead. Maine Deer: The state estimated about 300,000 deer in spring 2020, up from about 275,000 deer in 2019, and up from an estimated 240,000 deer in mid-2017 and 2018. This is particularly evident in the south-central portion of the state where many deer killed in surrounding counties are registered in Hillsborough County. He lives in Griffin, Georgia, with his wife and four children. When he isn't working, hunting, making knives or writing, he's fishing, camping and bushcrafting.Follow NRA Hunters' Leadership Forum on Twitter @HuntersLead. “That’s about 5,000 deer more than the 10-year average [harvest], but still a little bit behind last year’s [32,451],” Bieber said. This higher late season harvest is typical of years with abundant fall foods. Deer hunters in Maine harvested 32,451 deer in 2018, the highest total since 2002 and a 19% increase Those numbers alone make it a great story. Old Town Pembroke Rangeley Crawford Lang Twp Bradford At kinson L a e Edin bur g Caratunk Guil ford Maxfie ld Talmadge Dyer Tw p ... Total harvest: 1,949. They are working hard for you. During my online research I came across an old job posting from the MDIFW seeking a coordinator specifically for its R3 efforts. All of this fantastic news comes just a few years after some were asking, “Where are the deer?” George Smith, longtime executive director of the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine, laments the loss of both hunters and deer in a Bangor Daily News article from just three years ago. 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That total is considered “preliminary,” and could be adjusted if new data becomes available. “One thing I thought was really surprising or interesting this year was just how huge our opening day kill was. And I don’t see the vehicles parked along every rural road like I used to.”. The statewide deer harvest for 2019 was 13,920—the second highest on record. When Maine’s 2018 deer season closed Dec. 8, initial estimates showed the harvest undoubtedly would surpass 2007’s figures. “We are applying new marketing tactics to traditional outdoor activities to inspire a new generation of participants.” As Yates puts it, “It’s an exciting time to be working on R3 projects… We have the opportunity in Maine to set some examples while walking in the successful footsteps of Georgia and Iowa.”. 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