Anyone 10 years of age and over must obtain a license to hunt wild birds or wild animals. Maine resident landowners, including immediate family members over 10 years of age, as long as their license to hunt has not been revoked or suspended, may hunt without a license, including archery, crossbow (see Laws Pertaining to Hunting Equipment) and muzzleloading (but must purchase all other permits) on land they own and reside provided the land exceeds 10 acres in size and is used exclusively for agricultural purposes.*
* This does not apply to moose hunting. A license is required.
Applicants for an adult hunting license must show proof of having previously held an adult license to hunt with firearms in any year beginning with 1976 or successful completion of an approved hunter safety course from this or any other state. Residents must provide proof of residency when applying for a license.
Convicted felons who have not been issued a permit to carry a firearm cannot purchase or possess a firearms hunting license in Maine (Title 15, sub-§393, sub-§§ 1 & 2).
To obtain an adult archery hunting license, you must show proof of having held an adult license to hunt with bow and arrow in any year after 1979 or successful completion of an archery education course.
Native Americans are exempt from safety course requirements for archery, crossbow and trapping.
A member of the Armed Forces of the United States on active duty who is permanently stationed outside of the United States and home on leave is exempt from hunter, archery, and crossbow safety course requirements if that member shows proof at time of application for the license that the member’s home state of record is Maine.
Residents and Nonresidents may obtain hunting licenses from agents throughout the state (sporting good stores, many convenience stores, town clerks, and turnpike service centers) or from the Department office in Augusta. Nonresidents may also obtain them by mail from the Department office in Augusta.
(Note: Not all town clerks issue nonresident licenses.)
Licenses may also be purchased online at mefishwildlife.com. Agents are authorized to process applications online for moose and antlerless deer permits; they may charge a fee of $2.00.
It is unlawful to obtain any license or permit through misstatement or misrepresentation or to possess any license or permit which has been altered, mutilated or tampered with in any manner.
Please Note: The Commissioner may revoke the license of any person convicted of violating the fish and wildlife laws, in addition to any penalty which may be imposed by a court of law. Some violations result in mandatory revocation. See License Revocation Information for a list of violations.
There are certain permits required (in addition to the regular hunting license). See individual species pages for this permit information.
Special Privilege Licenses
(Available at the Augusta Office only.) For detailed information on the following licenses, contact the Department at (207) 287-3614.
An apprentice hunting license is available for first time hunters 16 years of age or older. This license may only be held once and is intended to introduce a person to hunting for the first time. A person holding this license may not hunt other than in the presence of a supervising person at least 18 years of age who has held a valid Maine hunting license for the prior 5 consecutive years. The supervisor is responsible for ensuring that the holder of an apprentice license follows safe hunting protocol as well as all hunting laws. For more information contact IF&W at (207) 287-8000.
(includes bear and turkey permits) $25
Resident Crossbow $25
Resident Archery $25
Nonresident Hunting $114
Nonresident Small Game $74
Nonresident Crossbow $55
Nonresident Archery $74
Resident means a citizen of the United States or an alien who has been domiciled in the State for one year who:
A full-time student at a Maine college or university who satisfies above requirements.
Nonresident means a citizen of the United States who does not fall within the definition of Alien OR Resident.
ALIEN means a person who is not a citizen of the United States.
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