The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, in collaboration with the Maine Forest Service, will conduct aerial helicopter surveys to count deer in central and southern Wildlife Management Districts in December and January.

The surveys will provide MDIF&W with estimates of deer abundance in central and southern Maine and be used for managing Maine’s deer herd.

These aerial surveys will involve low-level flying — approximately 200 feet off the ground — along designated transects beginning earlier in December. The surveys will start in the southern Somerset County and parts of western Penobscot County.

The aerial surveys will take place when snow conditions are sufficient to cover the ground and wind speeds are low.

Funding for this project, estimated to be $100,000 over two years, has been made possible through the Maine Outdoor Heritage Fund and the Federal Pittman-Robertson Fund.

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