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Maine seeing fewer nonresident deer hunters

November 20, 2011

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PORTLAND, Maine—Maine is seeing fewer deer hunters from other states.

The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife says the state sold more than 40,000 licenses to nonresidents in 2000. By 2010, that number had dropped to less than 28,000 nonresidents.

The Maine Sunday Telegram ( http://bit.ly/rwTeTv) says there may be several reasons for the drop in nonresident licenses. One is the declining deer population in Maine. After two harsh winters in 2008 and 2009, the state began issuing fewer any-deer permits in hopes of boosting herd numbers.

The drop in nonresident licenses isn't helping hunting camps and outfitters. Russell Walters of Northern Outdoors in The Forks says that in a good year, his company accommodates about 200 out-of-state hunters. This year, Walters expects 50.

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Information from: Portland Press Herald, http://www.pressherald.com