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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.

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