People interested in submitting a paper application for the 2012 any-deer (antlerless) permit lottery have until July 27 to do so in person at the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife or by mail.
Online applications, which can be found at www.mefishwildlife.com, are due by 11:59 p.m. on Aug. 15.
The Department no longer mails paper applications.
It is free to apply for the any-deer permit lottery. The drawing will be held on Friday, Sept. 7.
A total of 34,160 any-deer permits will be issued in 13 of the state’s 29 wildlife management districts for this year’s whitetail deer hunting season, which begins in late October. It is bucks only in all other wildlife management districts.
The 13 wildlife management districts where any-deer (antlerless) may be hunted this year, with a permit, are 12, 13, 15, 16, 17, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26 and 29.
Deer hunting season (firearms) begins with Youth Deer Hunting Day on Saturday, Oct. 20. Youth may take a buck statewide or an antlerless deer only in the wildlife management districts where any-deer permits will be issued this fall.
This year, Maine Residents Only Day is on Saturday, Oct. 27.
Deer season runs Oct. 29 through Nov. 24.
For more information, visit www.mefishwildlife.com.