Paper applications for the any-deer permit lottery must be submitted in person or by mail no later than 5 p.m. July 27. Applications will be accepted online until 11:59 p.m. Aug. 17.To apply online, visit

It is free to apply for the any-deer permit lottery. The drawing will be held Sept. 9 and results will be posted on the Department of of Inland Fishers & Wildlife website.

The department uses the any-deer permit system to manage the white-tailed deer population in the state. By controlling the harvest of female deer in the 29 regional wildlife management districts throughout the state, biologists can manage population trends.


This past winter was of above-average severity in some parts of the state, which may have resulted in increased winter mortality rates for our over-wintering deer. Therefore, IFW wildlife biologists have recommended decreasing the number of any-deer permits in much of the state.

Deer hunting season (firearms) begins with Youth Deer Hunting Day Saturday, Oct. 24. Youth may take a buck statewide or an antlerless deer only in the wildlife management districts where any-deer permits will be issued this fall.

This year, Maine Residents Only Day is Saturday, Oct. 31,, and regular firearms season for deer runs Nov. 2 through 28.