Tag Archives: Maine deer hunting

Any-deer permit list to be released this afternoon

For deer hunters hoping to win a coveted any-deer permit for this year, today’s your lucky day … or, it might be. The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife will release the names of the 28,770 hunters who will receive those permits. Those hunters will be allowed to shot an antlerless deer in a […]

Rulebook is wrong: Expanded bowhunting doesn’t start until Sept. 12

Bowhunters who plan to take part in the expanded season for deer should be forewarned: The information that they may have seen printed in the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife’s rulebook is wrong. “In the current hunting regulations summary, there’s a misprint that basically states that the expanded archery season begins on Sept. […]

State to issue 23 percent fewer any-deer permits this year

A one-antlered deer takes center stage among several others near Stratton recently. A landowner regularly feeds the deer and people often stop by to take photos of the hungry herd. (Photo courtesy of Alyssa Urquhart)

From year to year, the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife tinkers with the number of “any-deer” permits it hands out in an effort to meet department management goals. Harsh winter hard on the deer? Fewer of those coveted permits — often called “doe permits,” or “doe tags” — are issued. Deer population thriving […]

Deer runs the rapids, but determined hunter tracks it down

When Chris Halsted took up deer hunting this year, he figured he’d get to spend some time in the woods, and might enjoy an adventure or two. He probably didn’t think that he’d end up shooting a big buck, searching for it for two days, and put his considerable whitewater paddling skills to use while […]

Bucks battle on trail camera: When the hunter’s away, the boys will play

Ever wonder what the deer are doing when you’re not in the woods, sitting in your stand?   Are they tromping past — in broad daylight, no less — and thumbing their noses at your absence. Forget the fact that deer have no thumbs. The answer, of course, is “Yes. That’s exactly what they’re doing.” […]

Terminally ill Lee man shoots 19-point, 254-pound deer

Warren Curtis of Lee is an avid outdoorsman and trapper, but he admits he can’t do everything he once could. “I’ve got terminal cancer. Multiple myeloma,” he says nonchalantly, like you or I might announce our coffee order to a drive-through cashier. “I can’t do a hell of a lot.” A week ago, however, Curtis […]

Deer Season Diary: Time to turn the page (or, why I started reading while hunting)

For years, I have received some thoughtful and helpful tips from hunters eager to help me break my lifelong buck drought and fill my deer tag for the first time.   That is, I think the tips have been thoughtful (and not attempts to taunt me after years without success).  And I imagine that those […]

Searsport hunter bags 240-pound deer, joins son, wife in big buck club

Two years ago, proud dad Jeffrey Grass of Searsport reached out to the BDN and said he might have a hunting story to share. His son Dean, then 12 years old, had shot a 237-pound buck on Youth Deer Day back in 2012 … and the mere fact that the Grasses were in the woods […]