A remarkable change in the deer lottery and hunt was enacted this year by the Maine legislature, but the change won’t take effect until 2014. It will allocate 25 percent of the any-deer permits to Junior hunters.
Currently 25 percent of the any-deer permits go to landowners and 15 percent to nonresidents. With the new requirement that 25 percent go to junior hunters, only 35 percent of the permits will be available for resident adult hunters.
I took a look at the 2011 lottery, to see what kind of impact this change in the lottery will have. In 2011, any-deer applications totaled 72,485: 1963 from Super Pack licensees, 8558 from landowners, 4235 from nonresidents, and 57,729 from residents. Super Pack licensees won 232 permits, landowners 5,194 permits, nonresidents 1226 permits, and residents (which included junior hunters) got 19,783 permits (84 percent of the permits).