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Other Species Hunting

Other Species Permits & Licenses

Pheasant Permit

A Pheasant Permit is required for hunters 16 years of age or older to hunt or possess pheasant in Cumberland & York counties. Revenue derived from this permit is dedicated to the acquisition of pheasants which are raised and released by private fish and game clubs.

Coyote Night Hunting Permit

A Coyote Night Hunting Permit is required to hunt coyote at night (½ hour after sunset until ½ hour before sunrise) from December 16 to August 31. Hunting under this permit shall cease at midnight each Saturday and resume at 12:01 a.m. on Monday. Hunters must be in possession of an electronic, hand-held or mouth-operated predator calling device. Also see Hunting with Dogs on page 30. The fee for this permit is $4*. Artificial lights may be used. In addition, the commissioner may appoint agents to hunt for coyotes at night using artificial illumination from September 1st to December 15th. The commissioner shall develop policies to make the affected public and affected law enforcement officers aware of any night hunting operation.

*Plus agent fee.

Falconry License

A falconry license, in addition to a regular hunting license, is required of persons who engage in falconry. Copies of the regulations pertaining to this type of hunting are available upon request. To obtain a falconry license, contact the Department.


Crows are neither migratory waterfowl or migratory game birds. The use of lead shot and the use of a shotgun capable of holding more than three shells is permitted. A migratory waterfowl stamp is not required.

Migratory Game Birds

The Following Shall be Considered Migratory Gamebirds

Anatidae or waterfowl, including brant, wild ducks, and geese; Rallidae or rails, including coots, sora, and other rails; Wilson’s Snipe & American Woodcock.

Migratory Waterfowl Permit

Required for hunters 16 years of age or older to hunt waterfowl. (Federal stamp also required.) A Migratory Waterfowl permit is not required to hunt woodcock, snipe, rails, or crow.

2015–16 Migratory Game Bird Seasons & Bag Limits

Migratory bird hunting regulations are set according to federal frameworks and are located in a separate publication—the Migratory Game Bird Schedule—published in September.

2015–16 Other Species Seasons & Bag Limits



Daily Bag Limit

Possession Limit


Oct 1 – Dec 31



Ruffed Grouse (Partridge)

Oct 1 – Dec 31



Bobwhite Quail

Oct 1 – Dec 31




WMDs 1 – 6:

Aug 1 – Sept 25, 2015;

Feb 6 – April 15, 2016

No limit

WMDs 7 – 29:

Aug 1 – Sept 25, 2015;

Jan 22 – Mar 31, 2016

Gray Squirrel

Oct 1 – Dec 31



Gray Squirrel (Falconry)

Oct 1 – Feb 28

Snowshoe Hare

Oct 1 – Mar 31



Season on Island of Vinalhaven

Oct 1 – Feb 28


Dec 1 – Feb 14

No limit


Oct 19 – Feb 28

No limit


Oct 1 – Dec 31

No limit

Skunk & Opossum

Oct 19 – Dec 31

No limit


During daylight hunting hours

Jan 1 – Dec 31

No limit

Night hunting (see info at left)

Dec 16 – Aug 31

Woodchuck, Red Squirrel, & Porcupine

No closed season for hunting

No limit

Spruce Grouse, Lynx, Cottontail Rabbit

No Open Season

* In York and Cumberland counties, a permit is required to hunt or possess pheasant. Permit is not required to hunt or possess pheasant throughout the remainder of the state.

** Species must be tagged within 10 days of the close of the season. Bobcat must be tagged within 72 hours of harvest.

All dates are inclusive except that hunting is prohibited on Sunday.

See Laws Pertaining to Hunting Equipment for information on the use of crossbows.


The Department is collaborating with the University of Maine on a research project to better understand the population dynamics of ruffed grouse. As part of this research we will be marking ruffed grouse using leg bands and radio collars in a number of areas throughout the state. If you shoot a banded grouse, please report your harvest using the contact information printed on the bird’s leg band.

Regulations in red are new this year.

Purple text indicates an important note.

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