If it’s brown, it’s low!

Maine’s 2021 hunting season has resulted in plenty of deep freezers, according to a new report from the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife (MDIFW).

Maine anglers earned $21,697 for white tail and $11,066 for white tail in 2021, according to MDIFW. 3,313 males and 2871 females were flagged.

Shooters took 3,124 adult deer and deer loaders eliminated 1,595, while the vast majority were shot down with regular firearms: 33177.

According to the results of a survey sent by MDIFW to fishing license holders, fishermen in Maine reported spending more than 7 days fishing for nearly 5 hours at a time. The survey also asked hunters, for the first time, whether they had seen any billowing dollars and whether they were using deer calls, scents, tree stalls or natural bait.

The report also shows great success for those hunting the white-tailed’s larger cousin, the moose, with 735 mature bulls on parchment.

The biggest bull of the 2021 season weighed 1038 lbs fully clothed. State biologists believe he was 7.5 years old when he succumbed to acute lead poisoning. The largest spread of horns featured in the season was 65 inches with 20 legal points.

MDIFW says 3,548 Miners received permits to hunt moose last year, while 314 people from afar earned the honor, coming from 39 states and as far away as Alaska. 62 inn owners obtained permits.

Maine’s black bear hunting season runs from the last Monday in August to the last Saturday in November, with additional restrictions on when hunters can use bait sites, traps, and dogs. Although state biologists have predicted a decline in bear hunting in 2021 due to high levels of natural food, the total number of packed bears came to 3,779 — which is close to the record 2020 harvest of 3,883.

Biologists say bears should blame the epidemic for the increased harvest, as cabin fever has driven New Englanders into the woods for something to do, like shooting a bear. Two-thirds of the total harvest was captured at bait sites, while 25 percent of bear hunters used trained dogs. The report says that anglers who use bait or dogs tend to have the most success.

The bear hunt was mostly flat, with 2,330 non-residents filling out their cards and only 1,448 doing the same.

The MDIFW report also showed an average trapping season, with the state’s furthrowers reporting 5,325 sable, 354 bobcat, 1,158 wolves, 570 fishermen, 411 red foxes, 141 gray foxes, 395 pine sables, and 395 pine sables. 243 of you, and 582 of beavers. Only numbers of otters and bobcats are above the 10-year average.

The 2022 Maine turkey hunt yielded 7,081 threatened birds.

You can read the 69-page report for yourself here.

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