November 3, 2013

Deirdre Fleming: Deer kills vary around Maine

A tagging station in Gray is kept busy, but not so in Aroostook County.

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There’s still talk full of hope and eager anticipation, but less optimism in the part of the state that sees as few as two deer per square mile.

“The deer are not as strong as they used to be. Some young hunters said they saw nothing,” said Margaret Simard at the Bald Eagle Store in Eagle Lake, just miles from the northern tip of Maine.

And in Madawaska, to the east, talk is not much brighter.

Norma Morin, owner of Morin’s Variety, said they helped just five youth hunters tag deer, down from maybe 20 last year.

Morin said hunting in general seems to be down in The County, and she’s not sure why.

“I don’t know what’s changed. Last year during youth day people packed in to have breakfast, but I didn’t find there were as many out there. Even the game wardens noticed this,” Morin said.

But hope definitely remains in Aroostook County that the days of a busy deer hunting season will return.

“People are saying the herd is better than in past years, that the management has helped a little,” said Michelle Crane at Mac’s Trading Post in Houlton.

Deirdre Fleming can be reached at 791-6452 or at: dfleming@pressherald.comTwitter: FlemingPph

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