AUGUSTA — The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife has extended the deadline to participate in the lottery for 2018 any-deer permits until 5 p.m. Monday.

The deadline had been Wednesday, but heavy online traffic slowed the department’s application portal, leaving many people unable to access the system.

Those holding a valid Maine Big Game Hunting License can apply for any-deer permits at This year, the state is allotting 84,745 any-deer permits, an increase of nearly 30 percent over last year. The lottery drawing will be announced on the department’s web site on Sept. 7.

Only subscribers are eligible to post comments. Please subscribe or login first for digital access. Here’s why.

Use the form below to reset your password. When you've submitted your account email, we will send an email with a reset code.