Eastern, western and northern spruce-fir forest areas are still recovering from the harsh winter of 2001 but should produce significant trophy bucks this year. Higher densities of deer prevail in central, southern and coastal areas, but big bucks are spread statewide. This year's gun season starts late and spans the entire rut. Also, 76,000 any-deer permits will be available. Contact: MDIFW (207-287-8000; http://www.state.me.us/ifw).
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