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Maine 2022 Antlerless Deer Permit Lottery Coming Soon

Submitted by:  TBC Press
Posted on: 06/06/22
News # 14781
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To apply for an antlerless deer permit, you must possess a valid Maine license to hunt big game.

You may enter up to two (2) WMD or deer management subunit choices for your permit in order of preference.

Applicants with a legal residence outside the United States or Canada cannot apply online. Those wishing to apply will need to contact the Department at (207) 287-8000 for help in applying.

About Antlerless Deer Permits
Beginning in 2022, a licensed hunter with an antlerless deer permit can harvest an antlerless deer in the designated district and an antlered deer statewide. Antlerless deer permits may be acquired through the lottery, and any remaining permits will be available for purchase on the MDIFW website.

Proceeds from the antlerless deer permit fee will help fund the purchase and management of deer wintering areas (DWAs), primarily in northern Maine. Deer wintering areas are a critical habitat for white-tailed deer living at the northern end of their range.

Learn More about the Antlerless Deer Permit Lottery


Antlerless deer permit lottery applications will be accepted online only. The lottery will open late June and close August 1, 2022 at 11:59 PM. The link to apply will be posted at

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 fee to apply for an antlerless deer permit. If you receive a permit you must pay the $12 permit fee and $2 agent fee to claim the permit.