Any-Deer Permit FAQ

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Any-Deer Permit Lottery

Q. How do I apply for the any-deer permit lottery?
A. You must apply for the any-deer permit lottery online. The application period is late June – mid-August of each year.

If you do not have access to a computer or the Internet at home, we would suggest:

  • Using a computer at your local library
  • Using a computer at work during lunch or a break
  • Asking a friend or relative with a computer for help in applying

There is no application fee to apply for an any-deer permit.

To apply for an any-deer permit, you must possess a valid Maine license to hunt big game. Exceptions: See Maine resident landowners

Applicants with a legal residence outside the United States or Canada cannot apply online. Those wishing to apply will need to contact the Department for help in applying.

Q. When is the deadline to submit the any-deer permit applications?
A. The deadline to apply for the 2021 lottery was 11:59 PM on August 17, 2021.

Q. Which number on my license is the license number?
A. If you have a handwritten license issued by a license agent, your license number is the number directly under the bar code in the upper left corner of your license. If you have ordered your license over the internet or purchased it from an electronic license agent, the number is printed in the upper left corner of the license.

Q. Can I edit my application after it has been submitted?
A. Yes, you can edit an application that you have submitted online up until the application deadline. You will need to have your confirmation number from your online any-deer application before starting. Go to the initial application area. Enter your information as though it was your first application. The system will prompt you for your confirmation number. Enter your confirmation number and click on the "Edit my Application" icon. Your application will appear for editing.

Q. What does WMD stand for?
A. WMD stands for Wildlife Management District. You will see the districts on the map on your any-deer application. See Wildlife Management Districts.

Q. I see that I can list three wildlife management districts that I want to be drawn in. How does that work?
A. When your name is drawn we will give you your first choice. If all permits have been assigned already, then we will go to your second choice and so on. If you only want one district, only fill in your first choice - do not fill in the same number in all three choices.

Q. What is the age limit for applying for a permit?
A. There is no age limit to apply for an any-deer permit.

Q. Your application no longer carries a description of the districts. Where can I get the boundary descriptions?
A. Use the interactive WMD map or download and print a PDF description or map

Q. How will I know when the drawing is held and if I have been drawn?
A. The drawing will be held on September 10, 2021. Lottery results will be posted online after the drawing is complete.

Q. How do I know what Wildlife Management District my permit is for?
The first two numbers of your permit number indicate the Wildlife Management District (WMD) your permit is for. For example 23R000000 is for WMD 23. For bonus permits in the two subunits 25a and 26a, the permit numbers will start with the first 3 characters of 25a or 26a. For example, 25aRB000000 would be for subunit 25a. For more information on subunits 25a and 26a please see https://www.maine.gov/ifw/hunting-trapping/deer-management-subunits.html.

Q. What does the letter(s) in my permit number mean?
The letter(s) in your permit number that follows the first two digits indicates the type of permit you were drawn for. 
J = Junior Any-Deer Permit
L = Landowner Any-Deer Permit
R = Regular Any-Deer Permit for Residents and Non-Residents
S = Superpack Antlerless Deer Permit
RB = Bonus Antlerless Deer Permit

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Transferring/Swapping Any-Deer and Bonus Antlerless Permits

Q. How do I swap my permit?
A. An any-deer, junior, landowner, bonus deer, or superpack deer permit winner may swap their permit with another permit winner in order to swap hunting districts. Only one swap per permit is allowed.

Permits may only be swapped for same type permits. Any-deer permits may only be swapped for any-deer permits, junior permits may only be swapped for junior permits, landowner permits may only be swapped for landowner permits, bonus deer permits may only be swapped for bonus deer permits, and superpack deer permits may only be swapped for superpack deer permits. Residents can only swap with residents, and nonresidents can only swap with nonresidents.

Permit swaps must be completed online beginning September 14, 2021. Once a permit holder has identified someone to swap permits with, must be completed by 11:59 PM on October 25, 2021. The fee for the swap is $7.00.

Any-deer permit winners who wish to swap their permit with another permit winner will need to do all their own work to identify and contact potential permit winners to swap with.

An optional third-party service is available to help identify someone to swap any-deer permits with. The service is available at Doe Tag Swap (third party service).

You can also purchase a complete listing of all permit winners and their mailing addresses by contacting InforME at (207) 621-2600 or by sending an email to info@informe.org.

Q. How do I transfer my permit?
A. You may do the transfer online or fill out the Transfer Request Form beginning September 14, 2021. When you receive the new permit number, the transfer is complete, and you may give the number to the transferee. (Note: Only one transfer or swap is allowed.)

A resident who has been issued an any-deer, junior, landowner, bonus antlerless deer, or superpack deer permit can transfer the permit to another resident.

A nonresident who has been issued an any-deer, junior, landowner, or bonus deer permit can transfer the permit to another nonresident.

A resident permit may only be transferred to another resident, and a nonresident permit may only be transferred to another nonresident. Only one transfer per permit is allowed.

Please note: junior hunters may take a deer of either sex only in those WMDs where any-deer permits are issued on the youth deer hunting day, so you may want to wait to see if they harvest a deer on the youth deer hunting day before you consider transferring your permit over to them. 

Permit transfers must be completed online by midnight on October 25, 2021. There is no fee to transfer a permit.

Q. If I tag out in archery season, but did not fill my any-deer permit can I still transfer it to someone else?
A. No, once you have harvested a buck or an antlerless deer during the archery season this invalidates your any-deer permit such that it cannot be transferred.

Q. If a junior hunter harvests a deer on youth only day, can they still transfer their any-deer permit?
A.
No, when a junior hunter harvests a buck or an antlerless deer at any time, including on youth hunt day, this consumes and invalidates their any-deer permit such that it cannot be transferred.

Q. Can a hunter have more than one any-deer permit transferred to them?
A. Yes, a hunter can have more than one any-deer permit transferred to them but can only harvest one deer for the season. Maine has a one deer per year bag limit. Once a person harvests a deer regardless of sex, their any-deer permit becomes invalid. Your hunting license allows the harvest of one antlered deer, your any-deer permit allows you the option to harvest an antlerless deer instead.

Exceptions to One Deer Per Year Bag Limit:
You may harvest an additional deer with a bonus antlerless deer permit (bonus permit); or in the expanded archery area with an expanded archery permit.

Q. Is there a limit to the number of bonus antlerless permits a hunter can have transferred to them?
A. No, a person may accumulate multiple bonus permits and they may harvest one antlerless deer for every bonus permit they possess.

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Bonus Antlerless Deer Permits

Q. What are bonus antlerless deer permits and how do I get one? Which districts have them?
A. Bonus antlerless deer permits are only awarded in WMD's where there are more permits available than applications received and in deer management subunits. If you do not want to apply for an any-deer permit but would like to apply for a bonus deer permit should bonus permits be available, make sure you designate two WMD choices for a bonus deer permit. No WMD changes can be made after the drawing. See Bonus Deer Permits for more information.

Q. How many bonus antlerless deer permits can one person have?
A. A person may accumulate multiple bonus permits and they may harvest one antlerless deer for every bonus permit they possess. A person can be drawn for more than one bonus permits and may have additional bonus permits transferred to them by other permit holders. Again, a person may harvest one antlerless deer for every bonus permit they hold.

Q. Can I fill my bonus antlerless deer tag before my regular permit?
A. Yes you can, there is no order in which your tags have to be filled.

Q. What is a Deer Management Subunit?
A. As part of an effort to mitigate some of the impacts associated with locally overabundant deer, the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife has proposed issuing a limited number of antlerless bonus permits in select areas of the state referred to as deer management subunits. See Deer Management Subunits for more information.

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