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I would like to thank you for choosing to hunt in Maine. With over 17 million acres of forest and over 30,000 square miles of land, choosing to hunt in Maine is certainly easier than selecting just where to hunt in Maine.

As you go about selecting an area to hunt, I hope that you will familiarize yourself with the rules and regulations that are included in this booklet. These rules are designed not only to protect, enhance and conserve Maine’s wildlife, but also to ensure that you and others have a safe and enjoyable experience while afield.

Please take the time to read the articles on bear, moose and grouse. Maine’s rugged environment, hunting and predator pressures, and season lengths are all considered when designing our regulations. These articles will give you some insight into our management programs and the work of our biologists.

Of course, before you head out in the field, I hope that you “Ask First” before accessing private land. We are fortunate in Maine to have so many acres open to hunting. However, the vast majority of land that is open to hunting is privately owned. A simple courtesy such as asking first or thanking a landowner is a wonderful way to ensure that the land remains open not only now but for future generations.

Once again, thank you, good luck and stay safe!

Chandler Woodcock
Commissioner, Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife

Regulations in red are new this year.

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