IF&W Lists Arrowsic and Georgetown as WMD 25A for Bonus Antlerless Deer Permits

“These additional permits will allow for additional opportunity to harvest deer in areas experiencing elevated levels of Lyme disease, deer-vehicle collisions and public complaints about deer.”

To apply online, visit mefishwildlife.com. Online applications are due by 11:59 P.M. on August 15, 2019.

It is free to apply for the any-deer permit lottery. The drawing will be held on September 6, 2019 and results will be posted on the Department’s website.

Learn more about the any-deer permit lottery at: maine.gov/ifw/hunting-trapping/any-deer-permit.html 

Georgetown has a high concentration of deer ticks and with them, tick borne diseases:  it’s #1 in Sagadahoc County, according to 2017 Maine CDC data. http://gtownconservation.com/wp-content/uploads/RatesSagadCtyCDC.pdf   Deer ticks have a two year life cycle and rely on animals for transport.  Young ticks feed on mice, squirrels and birds, yet adults need an estimated 12 deer per square mile to sustain a population.  In 2018, Georgetown’s “Tick Group” proposed allowing Georgetown hunters to take additional antlerless deer in order to reduce Georgetown’s herd, which is estimated to have overpopulated to around 60 per square mile.  A survey of town residents got 256 responses: of those, 233 were in favor of allowing additional hunting to cull the herd; 11 were opposed; and 12 were undecided.  You can read the “Tick Group”‘s FAQ sheet here:

Impact of deer herd reduction on incidence of Lyme disease:  https://academic.oup.com/jipm/article/8/1/25/4210016

Great basic information sources on ticks and what to watch out for:

https://www1.maine.gov/dhhs/mecdc/infectious-disease/epi/vector-borne/lyme/tick-attachment-and-tickborne-diseases.shtml

http://www.ticksinmaine.com/

Lyme Disease:  download the CDC information sheet here

New tick species appearing in Maine and what to expect in the 2019 season:

Black legged (deer) tick