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Maine Hunting

Everything you need to plan your hunting trips in Maine, from maps and regulations to season dates, game animals, quotas, and wildlife management districts. Plus much more! Start your research right here.

Overview

Known For

Maine is known for exceptional waterfowl hunting, especially for sea ducks. It’s also been one of the most-improved states for whitetail deer hunting that features five seasons and 79 days of hunting opportunity. When you include moose and black bear, hunters can get a lot from hunting in Maine.

Terrain

Maine’s terrain is heavily forested. More than four-fifths of Maine’s total land area is under forest cover. But it also features rocky coastlines, 2,300 square miles of inland water, and is the northernmost tip of the Appalachian Mountains within the United States.

Maine Hunting Seasons

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Season Start Date End Date
Bear
Bear – Youth Day
Aug 27, 2022 Aug 27, 2022
Bear
Bear – General
All WMDs.
Aug 29, 2022 Nov 26, 2022
Bear
Bear – Hunting with Bait
Bait can be placed July 30th, 2022.
Aug 29, 2022 Sep 24, 2022
Bear
Bear – Hunting with Dogs
Sep 12, 2022 Oct 28, 2022
Bobcat
Bobcat
Statewide. No limit.
Dec 1, 2022 Feb 21, 2023
Coyote
Coyote – During Daylight Hours
Statewide. No limit.
Jan 1, 2022 Dec 31, 2022
Coyote
Coyote – Night Hunting
Statewide. No limit.
Dec 16, 2022 Aug 31, 2023
Deer
Deer – Expanded Archery
Designated areas only.
Sep 10, 2022 Dec 10, 2022
Deer
Deer – Archery & Crossbow
All WMDs.
Oct 1, 2022 Oct 28, 2022
Deer
Deer – Maine Resident only Day
All WMDs.
Oct 29, 2022 Oct 29, 2022
Deer
Deer – Firearms
All WMDs.
Oct 31, 2022 Nov 26, 2022
Deer
Deer – Muzzleloader Statewide
All WMDs.
Nov 28, 2022 Dec 3, 2022
Deer
Deer – Late Muzzleloader
District 12, 13, 15-18, 20-26, 29.
Dec 5, 2022 Dec 10, 2022
Duck
Duck – North Zone
Daily bag limit of 6. Including Black Ducks, Scaup, Pintails, Mergansers and American Coots.
Sep 26, 2022 Dec 3, 2022
Duck
Duck – Coastal Zone 1
Daily bag limit of 6, Species-specific bag limits may differ, see regulations for more details.
Oct 1, 2022 Oct 8, 2022
Duck
Duck – South Zone 1
Daily bag limit of 6, Species-specific bag limits may differ, see regulations for more details.
Oct 1, 2022 Oct 15, 2022
Duck
Duck – South Zone 2
Daily bag limit of 6, Species-specific bag limits may differ, see regulations for more details.
Nov 1, 2022 Dec 24, 2022
Duck
Duck – Coastal Zone 2
Daily bag limit of 6, Species-specific bag limits may differ, see regulations for more details.
Nov 8, 2022 Jan 7, 2023
Fox
Fox
Statewide. No limit.
Oct 17, 2022 Feb 28, 2023
Goose
Goose – Early Canada Goose
Statewide.
Sep 1, 2022 Sep 24, 2022
Goose
Goose – North Brant
Daily bag limit of 2.
Sep 26, 2022 Nov 22, 2022
Goose
Goose – Coastal Brant 1
Daily bag limit of 2.
Oct 1, 2022 Oct 8, 2022
Goose
Goose – Coastal Canada Goose 1
Daily bag limit of 2.
Oct 1, 2022 Oct 8, 2022
Goose
Goose – Snow Goose
Statewide. Daily bag limit of 25.
Oct 1, 2022 Jan 31, 2023
Goose
Goose – South Brant 1
Daily bag limit of 2.
Oct 1, 2022 Oct 15, 2022
Goose
Goose – North Canada Goose
Daily bag limit of 2.
Oct 1, 2022 Dec 9, 2022
Goose
Goose – South Canada Goose 1
Daily bag limit of 2.
Oct 1, 2022 Oct 15, 2022
Goose
Goose – Coastal Canada Goose 2
Daily bag limit of 2.
Oct 27, 2022 Jan 7, 2023
Goose
Goose – South Brant 2
Daily bag limit of 2.
Nov 1, 2022 Dec 13, 2022
Goose
Goose – South Canada Goose 2
Daily bag limit of 2.
Nov 1, 2022 Dec 24, 2022
Goose
Goose – Coastal Brant 2
Daily bag limit of 2.
Nov 19, 2022 Jan 7, 2023
Grouse
Ruffed Grouse
Statewide. Daily bag limit of 4.
Sep 24, 2022 Dec 31, 2022
Moose
Moose – Adaptive Unit Hunt
District 4A. Antlerless only
Oct 18, 2021 Oct 23, 2021
Moose
Moose 1
District 1-6, 10, 11, 18, 19, 27, 28. By permit only. Bull only
Sep 26, 2022 Oct 1, 2022
Moose
Moose 2
District 1-14, 17-19, 27, 28. By permit only. Bull only.
Oct 10, 2022 Oct 15, 2022
Moose
Moose – Adaptive Unit Hunt 2
District 4A. Antlerless only
Oct 24, 2022 Oct 29, 2022
Moose
Moose 3
District 1-6, 8. By permit only. Antlerless only.
Oct 24, 2022 Oct 29, 2022
Moose
Moose – Maine Resident Day
District 15, 16. By permit only.
Oct 29, 2022 Oct 29, 2022
Moose
Moose – Adaptive Unit Hunt 3
District 4A. Antlerless only.
Oct 31, 2022 Nov 5, 2022
Moose
Moose 4
Districts 15 and 16. By permit only. Any moose
Oct 31, 2022 Nov 26, 2022
Pheasant
Pheasant
Statewide. Daily bag limit of 2.
Sep 24, 2022 Dec 31, 2022
Quail Game Type
Bobwhite Quail
Statewide. Daily bag limit of 4.
Sep 24, 2022 Dec 31, 2022
Rabbit
Rabbit – Snowshoe Hare
Daily bag limit of 4. Vinalhaven Island season closes on Feb 28th.
Sep 24, 2022 Mar 31, 2023
Turkey Game Type
Turkey – Youth Fall Wild turkey Day
Sep 17, 2022 Sep 17, 2022
Turkey Game Type
Turkey – Fall General
Districts 6-8 and 10-29. Bag limits vary by district.
Sep 19, 2022 Nov 7, 2022
Turkey Game Type
Turkey – Spring Youth Day
Statewide.
Apr 29, 2023 Apr 29, 2023
Turkey Game Type
Turkey – Spring District 1-6, 8
1 bearded turkey.
May 1, 2023 Jun 3, 2023
Turkey Game Type
Turkey – Spring District 7, 9-29
2 bearded turkeys.
May 1, 2023 Jun 3, 2023

Maine Licenses, Permits, and Regulations

Maine hunting licenses, permits, and regulations for resident and non-resident hunters can be purchased on the official website of the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife. Click below to view the website.

Hunting GPS Maps

Every Maine hunter should have hunting GPS maps on hand. Maine hunting maps are available from onX Hunt. With a paid membership you can access Satellite, Topo, or Hybrid Basemaps, over which you can view maps of wildlife management districts, along with State, Forest Service, and other public and private property boundaries. You can view trails and roads, and even download maps to the Hunt App for use offline. Click below to get onX Hunt for Maine.

Wildlife Management Districts

Maine’s ability to manage its wildlife is helped by coordinating 29 Wildlife Management Districts (WMDs). Maine’s Wildlife Management Districts are defined geographical sections of the state that have biological and geophysical similarities. They are broken up by geographies, such as western mountains or down-east coastal plain, as well as by temperature ranges, human population densities, and land use. Click below to view Maine’s wildlife management districts in more detail through an interactive map.

Hunting Layers

ME Private Lands Preview

ME Private Lands

Over 650,000 parcels mapped by the onX team, this layer helps you know who the property owners are in Maine. Tap any parcel to learn more info about the owner and acreage.

ME Gov Lands Preview

ME Gov Lands

onX has the most accurate public lands maps with over 1,900,000 acres in Maine to help you plan your next adventure. Tap any public land parcel to learn more.

ME Possible Access Preview

ME Possible Access

onX has mapped 270,000 acres of possible access lands in Maine including timber companies and land conservation groups. Research rules on these private lands before recreating.

ME Wildlife Mgmt Districts Preview

ME Wildlife Mgmt Districts

Maine Wildlife Management Districts. Please hunt responsibly, obey all signage and have a safe legal hunt.


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