Using the statewide deer permit or juvenile deer permit, hunters may take up to one antlered deer and three antlerless deer or four antlerless deer. A hunter may take as many deer as is permitted in each zone. To take more than four deer statewide, an extra deer permit must be bought. The cost is $125 for the permit year.
In addition, KDPH allows hunters to kill up to two antlerless deer with a bow. These permits are called archery tags and can be purchased online at www.kdpbhuntmanagement.com/hunt or by calling 877-287-3683.
The number of deer taken on private land is usually limited by local regulations. Check with your landowner before heading out.
Kentucky has five zones for white-tailed deer hunting. Each zone has its own rules regarding what types of weapons are allowed, how many deer may be taken, and other regulations. Zone boundaries and specific details about the program can be found on the KDPH website.
Hunters should know their shooting range. If taking part in a guided hunt, your guide will tell you where possible targets are located. Otherwise, look for signs such as rubs (a bare spot on a tree caused when a deer rubs against it) and track marks (the imprints left in the mud of a deer path).
Deer limits were antlered by one. Only one antlerless deer may be taken throughout the whole weapons season (both segments combined). During the combined archery and firearm deer hunting seasons, you may take no more than two antlered deer. During the single-shot gun season, you may take only one antlered deer.
In addition, you must tag every deer killed during rifle season. Tags are available from license dealers or through the Missouri Department of Conservation website. The cost is $25 for adults, $10 for youth 16 years old and younger. You can use your own tags or hire a guide. If you hire a guide, you should work with someone who is certified by the Missouri Department of Conservation. Guides can be found through local lodges, fishing clubs, online forums, or through word of mouth. A good place to start looking for information on deer hunters' rights and regulations is the Missouri Department of Conservation website.
The legal time limit for taking deer is being discussed due to changes made by the Missouri General Assembly in 2017. Previously, the limit was two deer per year. Beginning in 2018, the limit will be one deer per year regardless of segment used to hunt it. The change was made so that more mature males are not removed from the population because they are harder to find targets for hunters.
According to state legislation, hunters may take up to ten antlerless deer and no more than two antlered deer (with one of the two antlered deer having a minimum of four points, one inch or longer, on one side of the antlers). Hunters should use caution not to exceed this limit.
The number of permitted kills is based on the quota system. If there are not enough deer available for sale at market prices, the surplus is put up for auction by the Department of Natural Resources. The highest bidder wins the right to hunt these animals over another applicant. The money from the sales goes into a fund that helps pay for hunter education programs, research projects related to deer biology, and other wildlife-related activities. In addition, the DNR reports that $1 for every $3 spent on license fees goes toward conservation efforts.
In 2008, the average price paid per deer was $117. That means if you're able to buy 10 licenses at $10 each, you would have $110,000 set aside for conservation programs. Licenses can be purchased online or at any DNR office throughout the year.
A successful hunter can expect to harvest about two deer per season. Deer tend to accumulate injuries from vehicle collisions or encounters with power lines, so check up on friends' or family members' luck by visiting their stands.
Multiple deer may be taken during the extended archery season, as a result of earning a bonus antlerless deer permit(s), or as a consequence of purchasing a superpack antlerless deer permit, but only one deer may be taken throughout the remaining seasons (with appropriate licenses or permits).
The answer is yes, you can shoot two bucks in Maine. But it's not easy. The license sales are limited by quota, so don't expect to go out and shoot 100-class bucks. There are more than enough good deer for everyone on the farm or ranch.
In fact, according to research conducted by the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, there are currently more than 200,000 unclaimed deer carcasses across the state. These are deer that were shot by hunters who didn't claim them. Apparently, they weren't lucky enough to find a hunter who could take all of them.
The problem is that without a headshot, these animals have no value other than their meat. They're just left to spoil while costing taxpayers money through forester services and disease control efforts.