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Junior Hunters

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Hunting Prohibited

Children under 10 years of age are not allowed to hunt.

Junior Hunting License

Children at least 10 years of age and under 16 years of age must have a junior hunting license to hunt. Junior hunting license holders can hunt with a firearm, bow and arrow, or crossbow (see Laws Pertaining to Hunting Equipment for additional crossbow information). The junior hunting license also includes hunting permits for muzzleloading, spring and fall turkey, bear, coyote night hunt, pheasant, and one expanded archery antlerless deer permit. A junior hunter who turns 16 years of age may continue hunting for the remainder of that year with the junior license (see NOTE on page 10), but must purchase waterfowl (Federal and State) permits and a pheasant permit in order to hunt those species.

Hunters To Be Accompanied

Junior hunters (10 years of age or older and under 16) may hunt only in the presence of an adult supervisor who is at least 18 years of age. That presence must be unaided by visual or audio enhancement devices, including binoculars and citizen band radios. The person who accompanies a youth hunter is responsible for any violations committed by that hunter. Any person who accompanies a junior hunter, other than the parent or guardian, must either possess a valid Maine hunting license or have successfully completed a hunter education course.

A junior hunter who turns 16 years of age must complete the appropriate safety course prior to hunting without supervision.

Youth Hunting Days

Junior hunters who are 10 years of age or older but under 16 and hold a valid junior hunting license can participate in special youth hunting days for deer, spring wild turkey, and migratory waterfowl. On these days, all laws pertaining to hunting deer, spring wild turkey, and waterfowl apply.

  • Youth Deer Hunting Day: Occurs on the first Saturday preceding the residents only day of the regular deer hunting season — October 25, 2014. Participants are allowed to take one deer of either sex (except that in WMDs where no antlerless deer permits are issued, youth hunters are prohibited from shooting antlerless deer), with either a firearm, bow and arrow, or crossbow. If a junior hunter shoots a deer on the youth deer hunting day, they are prohibited from taking any additional deer, unless they have been awarded a bonus antlerless-deer permit or participate in the expanded archery season (designated areas only) with appropriate expanded archery permits. The accompanying parent, guardian, or qualified adult shall not possess a firearm, bow and arrow, or crossbow while accompanying a participating youth hunter.
  • Youth Spring Wild Turkey Hunting Day: occurs on the first Saturday preceding the opening of the spring wild turkey hunting season — May 2, 2015. Participants may take up to two bearded wild turkeys with a shotgun, bow and arrow, or crossbow, but cannot exceed an individual WMD bag limit. The accompanying parent, guardian, or qualified adult shall not possess a firearm, bow and arrow, or crossbow while accompanying a participating youth hunter.
  • Youth Waterfowl Hunting Days: See the Migratory Game Bird Hunting Schedule (a separate publication).

Regulations in red are new this year.

Purple text indicates an important note.

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