If you’re considering east coast exploration, Maine’s hunting seasons might be the place for you. The state offers deer, moose, bear and small game seasons throughout the fall and spring.
Hunting licenses are available to both state residents and nonresidents. Licenses can be purchased online and printed instantly. Some game hunts (such as deer and moose) require permits, though many are lottery systems. Applications for permit lotteries can be submitted online each year.
Maine’s Outdoor Partners program gives hunters access to privately owned farms, forests and lands. While land is open to the public, permits or permission from landowners may be required for seasonal hunting. The state also offers Hunters for the Hungry, in which hunters either portions or all of their game intake to regional families in need.
|Resident Only Day||Oct. 28|
|Youth Deer Day||Oct. 21|
|Firearms||Oct. 30-Nov. 25|
|Archery||Sept. 28-Oct. 27|
|Muzzleloader||Nov. 27-Dec. 2*
Deer season hunting requires deer permits.
*This is only for designated areas. For more information about legal hunting in specific areas of Maine, visit the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife website.
|General Season||Aug. 28-Nov. 25|
|Hunting With Dogs||Sep. 11-Oct. 27|
|Hunting With Bait||Aug. 28-Sep. 23|
|Youth Bear Day||Aug. 26|
|General Season*||Sept. 25-Nov. 25|
|Resident Only Day*||Oct. 28|
*Dates vary greatly by WMD.
**Moose hunting is restricted to permit holders only and only one moose per year may be taken. Moose hunt seasons vary by location.
Wild Turkey Seasons
|Fall||Oct. 2-Nov. 7**|
|Spring||Apr. 30-May 28**|
|Spring Youth||Apr. 30*Bag limits may vary by hunting location.|
*Hunting dates may vary depending on region, and some areas may be closed to hunting. For more information, visit the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife website.
|Gray Squirrel||Oct. 2-Dec. 31||Daily: 4
|Snowshoe Hare||Oct. 2-Mar. 31||Daily: 4
|Bobcat||Dec. 21-Feb. 1||No Limit|
|Woodchuck, Coyote, Porcupine, Red Squirrel||Year-round||No Limit|
|Coyote Night Hunt||Dec. 16-Aug. 31||No Limit|
|Crow (WMD 1-6)||Feb. 3-Apr. 14
Aug. 1-Sep. 22
|Crow (WMD 7-29)||Jan. 20-Mar. 31
Aug. 1-Sep. 23
|Ruffed Grouse, Bobwhite Quail||Oct. 2-Dec. 31||Daily: 4
|Pheasant||Oct. 2-Dec. 31||Daily: 2
Bag limits, special seasons and hunting regulations for Maine hunting seasons do vary based on animal and seasons. Maine is divided into wildlife management districts (WMD) that determine regional season start and end dates. For more information on obtaining licenses, permits and regulations, visit the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife website.