Deer Management Subunits

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. Bonus permits allow for the take of one additional antlerless deer during any deer hunting season. Bonus permits may only be used to tag an antlerless deer in the WMD or subunit for which they were issued.

For 2019, subunit bonus permits have been proposed for two deer management subunits within Wildlife Management Districts (WMDs) 25 and 26. Subunit 25a will consist of the towns of Arrowsic and Georgetown in WMD 25. Subunit 26a will consist of portions of Brewer, Bucksport, Castine, Dedham, Holden, Orland, Orrington, Penobscot, and Verona in WMD 26.

If you are interested in receiving one of these bonus antlerless permits in one of the deer management subunits defined below, you may select the subunit as a preferred bonus permit area while completing your Any-deer Permit application during the Any-deer Permit lottery.

Please see the descriptions and maps of these areas below.

Subunit 25a

The island towns of Arrowsic and Georgetown, bounded by the Kennebec, Back, Sasanoa, and Sheepscot Rivers in WMD 25. Islands surrounding Arrowsic or Georgetown that are considered part of WMD 29 are not considered part of subunit 25a.

Download Subunit 25a map (PDF)

Map of Deer Management Subunit 25a

Subunit 26a

Beginning on the eastern shore of the Penobscot River at the I-395 bridge in Brewer; east on I-395 to US-1A; east on US-1A to the intersection of US-1A and ME-46 in Holden; south on ME-46 to ME-15(US-1) in Orland; east and then southeast on ME-15 to the intersection of ME-15 and ME-199 in Penobscot; south on ME-199 to the intersection of ME-199 and ME-166 in Castine; north on ME-166 to the crossing of Clements Brook in Penobscot; along Clements Brook west to the eastern shore of the Penobscot River in Penobscot; following the eastern shore of the Penobscot River north to the first upstream bridge (ME-175) across the Orland River in Orland; crossing the Orland River and following the western shore of the Orland River south around Gross Point in Orland; following the eastern shore of the Eastern Channel north to the US-1 bridge (Verona Bridge) in Bucksport; following the eastern shore of the Penobscot River north to the I-395 bridge in Brewer.

Verona Island is considered part of subunit 26a. However, islands surrounding Verona Island that are considered part of WMD 29 are not considered part of subunit 26a.

Download Subunit 26a map (PDF)

Map of Deer Management Subunit 26a