Maine Hunting Seasons, 2016-2017


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.

Deer Seasons

Resident Only Day Oct. 29
Youth Deer Day Oct. 22
Firearms Oct. 31-Nov. 26
Archery Sept. 29-Oct. 28
Muzzleloader Nov. 28-Dec. 3*
Dec. 5-10*
Expanded Archery Sep.10-Dec.10*

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.

Bear Seasons

General Season Aug. 29-Nov. 26
Hunting With Dogs Sep. 12-Oct. 28
Hunting With Bait Aug. 29-Sep. 24
Youth Bear Day Aug. 27

Moose Seasons

WMD 1-6, 11, 19 Sep. 26-Oct. 1
WMD 1-14, 17-19, 27,28 Oct. 10-15
WMD 15, 16, 22, 23, 25, 26 Oct. 31-Nov. 26
Resident Only Day
WMD 15, 16, 22, 23, 25, 26
Oct. 29
WMD 1-4, 19 Oct. 24-Oct. 29

*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. 1-Nov. 7**
Spring May 2-Jun. 4**
Spring Youth Apr. 30*Bag limits may vary by hunting location.

*Hunting dates may vary depending on region. For more information, visit the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife website.

Small Game

Gray Squirrel Oct. 1-Dec. 31 Daily: 4
Possession: 8
Snowshoe Hare Oct. 1-Mar. 31 Daily: 4
Possession: 8
Bobcat Dec. 1-Feb. 14 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. 6-Apr. 15
Aug. 1-Sep. 23
No Limit
Crow (WMD 7-29) Jan. 22-Mar. 31
Aug. 1-Sep. 23
No Limit
Ruffed Grouse, Bobwhite Quail Oct. 1-Dec. 31 Daily: 4
Possession: 8
Pheasant Oct. 1-Dec. 31 Daily: 2
Possession: 4

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.