The time has finally come to apply for your 2014 deer hunting permit. Are you excited?

Online applicants have until 11:59 p.m. August 15th to apply, and those applying with a paper application must do so by the end of the day on July 25th.

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According to the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, this year, there will be a total of 37,185 any deer permits available in 12 districts. These districts are primarily in southern and central Maine. This is a decrease from last year when there was 46, 710 permits available to hunters.

This past winter marked the first in four years with above average winter severity throughout the state, the first since 2009. As a result of the winter, IFW wildlife biologists have recommended decreasing the number of Any Deer permits throughout the state. Earlier this year, the department decreased the number of moose permits available and suspended the turkey season in Northern Maine.

It is free to apply for the Any Deer permit lottery. The lottery drawing will be held on September 9th.

Again, paper applications must be postmarked by July 25th or delivered in person to 284 State Street in Augusta before 5 p.m. on that date.

Online applications are due by 11:59 p.m. on August 15th and can be found by visiting www.mefishwildlife.com.

Maine's firearms deer hunting season runs from November 3rd to Nov. 29th.