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Hunting Regulations Icon Maine Hunting

Who Needs a License?

A hunting license is required to hunt wild birds or wild animals.

  • Hunters under 16 years of age must possess a junior license.
  • Hunters 16 years of age and over must possess an adult license to hunt. (Note: A Junior License holder who turns 16 may hunt with that Junior License for the remainder of the year. See Junior Hunters for more information.)
  • A person may assist in a hunt without a license or permit for that activity as long as that person does not carry hunting equipment (means to kill) or engage in driving deer.Exceptions: Maine resident landowners, including immediate family members, as long as their license to hunt has not been revoked or suspended, may hunt without a license, including archery, crossbow and muzzleloader (but must purchase all other permits) on land they own and reside upon provided the land exceeds 10 acres in size and is used exclusively for agricultural purposes. The landowner privilege does not apply to moose hunting. A license is required.

Definitions

Resident means a citizen of the United States or an alien who has been domiciled in the State for one year who:

  • if registered to vote, is registered in this State;
  • if licensed to drive a motor vehicle, has made application for or possesses a motor vehicle operator’s license issued by the State;
  • if owning a motor vehicle located within the State, has registered each such vehicle in the State;
  • is in compliance with the state income tax laws;
  • is 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.

What Are the Requirements for Obtaining a License?

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.

Exceptions to safety course requirement:

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.

How Are Licenses Obtained?

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. Agents are authorized to process applications online for moose and antlerless deer permits; they may charge a fee of $2.00.

All trapping licenses are issued from the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife office in Augusta. A trapping license cannot be purchased online.

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.

Other Hunting License Provisions

You are required to keep your hunting license and any necessary permits with you while hunting or transporting wild birds and wild animals and, if requested to do so, must present it for inspection to any warden, law enforcement officer, Department employee, guide or landowner upon whose land you are hunting.

A person may use an electronic license or permit, in addition to, or in lieu of a physical paper license or permit, to display upon request for inspection.

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.

Are There Any Other Permits Required?

There are certain permits required (in addition to the regular hunting license). See individual species pages for this permit information.

Special Licenses

Special Privilege Licenses

  • Anyone serving in the U.S. Armed Forces and permanently stationed at a military base in Maine (includes spouse and dependent children if they permanently reside with that person) may purchase a resident license to hunt, trap, or fish.
  • Maine military personnel who are on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces and permanently stationed outside Maine may purchase either a hunting, fishing, trapping or combination hunting and fishing license for $3.00*. Spouse and dependent children who reside with that person may obtain a combination license for $20.00*, or a hunting, fishing or trapping license for $10.00* upon proof that their home of record, as recorded in a service record, is Maine. *Plus agent fee.
  • Any citizen of a foreign nation, under 21 years of age, who is living with a family in Maine in connection with any cultural or educational exchange program may purchase a resident license to hunt or fish.

Complimentary Licenses

  • Veterans who are residents of Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont who have a service-connected disability of 50% or more will be issued, upon application, a complimentary license to fish, trap, or hunt (including all necessary permits and other permissions and upon meeting qualifications, a guides license). Veterans must still apply for any-deer & moose permits each year when applications become available. These licenses may only be obtained from IF&W’s main office in Augusta.
  • Maine residents and nonresidents (if reciprocal privileges exist in their home state) who are suffering from the loss of, or loss of use of, both lower extremities, will be issued, upon application, a complimentary license to hunt or fish as well as an antlerless deer permit. These licenses may only be obtained from IF&W’s main office in Augusta.
  • The commissioner shall issue a hunting, archery, trapping and fishing license, including permits and other permissions needed to hunt, trap and fish, to a person, who is an enrolled member of the Passamaquoddy Tribe, the Penobscot Nation, the Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians or the Aroostook Band of Micmacs that is valid for the life of that person without any charge or fee if the person presents certification from the respective reservation governor or the Aroostook Micmac Council stating that the person described is an enrolled member of a federally recognized nation, band or tribe listed in this subsection.

Note: Holders of disabled veteran licenses & Native American licenses are subject to laws governing a lottery or drawing system for issuing a particular permit.

Other Licenses

Available at the Augusta Office only. For detailed information on the following licenses, contact the Department at (207) 287-3614.

  • Hide Dealers License: See Prohibition Regarding Selling of Wild Animals.
  • Seasonal Hide Dealers License: Required for any place of business that butchers wild animals and commercially sells or barters the heads or untanned hides of deer or moose that they have butchered.
  • Taxidermist License: Allows a place of business to lawfully possess fish or wildlife for the sole purpose of preparing and mounting them and to also buy, sell or barter raw, untanned hides or heads of wild animals. This includes skull and bone mounts, commonly referred to as European mounts.
  • Guides License: Required for anyone who receives any form of remuneration for their services in accompanying or assisting others while hunting, fishing, trapping, boating, snowmobiling, ATVing, or camping at a primitive camping area.
  • A nonresident student is eligible for any hunting, fishing, trapping license or permit at the resident fee and after obtaining that license or permit has the same privileges as a resident holder of that license or permit. For more information contact the Department at (207) 287-8000.

Apprenticeship Hunters License

An apprenticeship hunting license is available to a resident or nonresident 16 years of age or older who has never held a valid adult hunting license. A person may not obtain an apprenticeship hunting license more than five times. A person holding this license may not hunt other than in the presence of an adult supervisor at least 18 years of age who has held a valid hunting license for the prior 3 consecutive years. The supervisor is responsible for ensuring that the holder of an apprenticeship license follows safe hunting protocol as well as all hunting laws. For more information contact IF&W at (207) 287-8000.

Apprenticeship Licenses
Fee
Resident Hunting (includes bear and turkey permits)

$26.00

Resident Crossbow

$26.00

Resident Archery

$26.00

Nonresident Hunting

$115.00

Nonresident Small Game

$75.00

Nonresident Crossbow

$56.00

Nonresident Archery

$75.00

License Fees

License Fee
Maine Residents Hunting (16 and older) $26.00
Junior Hunting (under 16 years) $8.00
Small Game* Hunting (16 and older) $15.00
Combination Hunting & Fishing (16 and older) $43.00
Combination Fishing & Archery (16 and older) $43.00
Serviceman (resident) Combination Hunting & Fishing $3.00
Serviceman (dependent) Combination Hunting & Fishing $20.00
Serviceman (dependent) Hunting $10.00
Disabled War Veteran FREE
Archery Hunting (16 and older) $26.00
Trapping (16 and older) $35.00
Junior Trapping (10 to 15 years) $9.00
Apprenticeship Hunting License (16 and older) See Apprenticeship Licenses
Apprenticeship Trapping License (16 and older) $35.00
Superpack $201.00
Nonresidents Hunting (16 and older) $115.00
Combination Hunting & Fishing (16 and older) $150.00
Small Game* Hunting (16 and older) $75.00
3-Day Small Game* Hunting (valid for 3 consecutive days) $50.00
Junior Hunting (under 16 years) $35.00
Archery Hunting (16 and older) $75.00
Trapping (any age) $317.00
Apprenticeship Hunting License (16 and older) See Apprenticeship Licenses
Apprenticeship Trapping License (16 and older) $318.00
Alien Hunting (16 and older) $140.00
Combination Hunting & Fishing (16 and older) $191.00
Small Game* Hunting (16 and older) $80.00
Archery Hunting (16 and older) $85.00
Junior Hunting (under 16 years) $35.00
Other Bear Permits See Bear Hunting Permit
Coyote Night Hunting Permit $4.00
Crossbow Hunting Permit
(16 and older)**
Maine Resident $26.00
Nonresident $56.00
Alien $80.00
Deer, Moose, and Bear Registration $5.00
Duplicate License $2.00
Expanded Archery Permits
(See Expanded Archery Permit)
Antlerless Deer $12.00
Either-Sex Deer $32.00
Falconry Permit $26.00
Moose Permit See Moose Hunting
Muzzleloader Permit
(16 and older)**
Maine Resident $13.00
Nonresident $69.00
Alien $79.00
Pheasant Permit (Cumberland and York Counties) $17.00
State Migratory Waterfowl Permit (16 and older)**** $7.50
Outdoor Partners Program $15.00
Taxidermist, Hide Dealer, and Guide Licenses See Other Licenses
Wild Turkey Permits (Spring/Fall) $20.00 See Wild Turkey Hunting Permit
Fees listed do not include the agent fee. The commissioner may revoke all licenses and permits to any person who fails to pay the fees due and may recover fes associated with insufficient funds.

* Small game license permits hunting of all legal species except deer, bear, moose, raccoon, and bobcat.

** A resident, nonresident, or alien under 16 years of age may hunt with a crossbow or muzzleloader if that person holds a valid junior hunting license.

*** In addition to the State Migratory Waterfowl Permit, a Federal Migratory Waterfowl Permit is required.

Superpack License

To be eligible for this license, the applicant must be a Maine resident. This license permits a person who has met the eligibility requirements for each license or permit to hunt and fish for all legal game and fish species subject to all of the laws covering these activities; fishing, hunting, and archery. The Superpack license includes muzzleloader, crossbow, migratory waterfowl, pheasant, spring/fall turkey, bear, coyote night hunt, and three expanded archery antlerless permits. The Superpack license also includes one free chance in the moose lottery and entry into a special category in the annual any-deer permit lottery.

Lifetime License Fees

Pass on a Maine tradition and a gift that will last a lifetime.

Your investment in a lifetime license for yourself or as a gift, will allow the bearer to fish, trap, and/ or hunt for their lifetime, regardless of where they will live in the future. The revenues generated by the sale of these licenses will be deposited in a special trust fund that will provide longterm financial support for Maine’s fish and wildlife.

Applicants 70 years of age:

For a one-time fee of $8.00, a senior lifetime license entitles the holder to all privileges they are qualified to receive including hunting, trapping, archery, and fishing. The license also includes the following: bear hunt, bear trap, migratory waterfowl, pheasant, spring and fall turkey, coyote night hunt, crossbow, one expanded archery antlerless deer permit, and one expanded archery either-sex permit (allows either an antlered or antlerless deer but not both). Must still apply for any-deer and moose permits each year when applications become available.

Note: If you purchased a senior lifetime license before age 70, you do NOT have to pay the $8.00 fee, and the permits listed in the previous paragraph are included with your lifetime license anytime during the calendar year you turn 70 years of age. For more information about the Lifetime License Program, please call (207) 287-8000.

A lifetime license holder who turns 16 years of age is able to hunt with their lifetime license as an adult big game license, they must show proof of having completed the required safety course, contact the Department to upgrade to an adult license, & obtain all necessary permits. For more information see Junior Hunters.

Residents
Fishing
Hunting
Archery
Trapping
Combination
of any two*
Combination of any three*
5 years & under
$150
$150
$150
$150
$250
$400
6 – 15 years
$300
$300
$300
$300
$500
$800
65 years of age
$50
$50
$50
$50
$80
$110
66 years of age
$40
$40
$40
$40
$64
$94
67 years of age
$30
$30
$30
$30
$48
$78
68 years of age
$20
$20
$20
$20
$32
$52
69 years of age
$10
$10
$10
$10
$16
$26
70 and older $8.00 — Covers all authorities that you are qualified to receive, see below.
Nonresidents
Fishing
Hunting
Archery
Trapping
Combination
of any two*
Combination of any three*
5 years & under**
$450
$450
$450
$450
$750
$1,200
6 – 15 years
$900
$900
$900
$900
$1,500
$2,400
* hunting, fishing, archery
** These fees are subject to change, please check with the Department for current fees.

License Revocation Information

Hunters should be aware of the fact that a conviction for any hunting violation may result in the revocation of their hunting privileges.

Minimum Mandatory Ten Year Revocation of Hunting Licenses:

If a person is convicted of Assault While Hunting [17A MRSA §208(A)] and the offense occurred in the context of hunting activity, and if, through failure of the hunter to make proper target identification, the offense resulted in the injury or death of another person.

Minimum Mandatory Five Year Revocation of Hunting Licenses:

  • Shooting a domestic animal while hunting;
  • Hunting under the influence of intoxicating liquor or drugs;
  • Conviction of violation of 17A MRSA while on a hunting or fishing trip or in the pursuit of wild animals, birds or fish and when the wounding or killing of a human being has occurred.

Minimum Mandatory Three Year Revocation of ALL Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife (DIF&W) Licenses:

  • Disturbing traps.

Minimum Mandatory Two Year Revocation of ALL DIF&W Licenses:

Persons convicted of burglary or criminal trespass of a building located within any unorganized township; theft of any equipment used for hunting, fishing and trapping; or theft of any animal which has been obtained by hunting or trapping and which was in the possession or control of the person who hunted or trapped the animal.

Hunting Violations with a Minimum One Year License Revocation:

  • Illegally hunting and/or possessing deer, bear, or moose during closed season.
  • Night hunting.
  • Discharging a firearm within 100 yards of a building or residential dwelling without permission of the owner, or in the owners absence, an adult occupant who dwells in that location.
  • Illegally buying and/or selling deer, bear, moose or wild turkeys.
  • Illegally hunting/possessing wild turkeys including using illegal methods to hunt wild turkeys.
  • Hunting deer, bear, moose, or wild turkey after having killed one and/or exceeding the bag limit on deer, bear, moose or wild turkey.
  • Hunting over another person’s bear bait without written permission from that person.

In addition to penalties provided in Title 17, Section 2264-B, relating to littering, a person convicted of littering on a state owned wildlife management area or sanctuary as defined in Title 12 shall surrender their hunting and/or fishing licenses for a period of up to one year.

Note: Maine is a participating member of the Interstate Wildlife Violator Compact. The Interstate Wildlife Violator Compact is an agreement that recognizes suspension of hunting, fishing, and trapping licenses in member states. This means that illegal activities in one state can affect a person’s hunting, fishing, or trapping privileges in all participating states. Any person whose license privileges or rights are suspended in a member state may also be suspended in Maine. If a person’s hunting, fishing, or trapping privileges are suspended in Maine, they may be suspended in member states as well. If a person plans to hunt, fish, or trap in another state, and they have a license suspension in Maine, it is their responsibility to contact the other state to see if they can legally hunt, fish, or trap in that state.