MAINE

Deer Forecast 2003

Outdoor Life Online Editor

With a deer population exceeding a quarter of a million and some of the best unspoiled wood expanses extant, there are plenty of opportunities for those willing to work. Quality bucks are generally found farther north, where the populations are thinnest. Hunters need to locate the pockets where small herds congregate, says MDIFW Deer Biologist Gerry Lavigne. Deer numbers are more plentiful farther south, but access is more difficult due to lots of land postings. The 2003 archery season will run from early September to mid- December, with a buck limit of one and no limit on antlerless deer. Contact: Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife (877-620-8367; www.state.me.us/ifw).

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