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Other Species Permits & Hunting Licenses

Pheasant Permit

A Pheasant Permit is required for hunters 16 years of age or older hunting on an adult license, in order 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 (valid January 1 to December 31, and available for $4 plus agent fee) allows the permit holder to hunt coyote at night (defined as 1/2 hour after sunset until 1/2 hour before sunrise) from December 16 to August 31.

Hunters must be in possession of a predator calling device (electronic, hand-held, or mouth-operated).

Dogs may not be used to hunt coyote at night, but artificial lights may.

In addition, the commissioner may appoint agents to hunt for coyotes at night using artificial lights from September 1 to December 15. The commissioner shall make affected members of the public and law enforcement officers aware of any night hunting operation.

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 MDIFW.

Crows

Crows are neither migratory waterfowl nor migratory game birds. The use of lead shot and shotguns capable of holding more than three shells is permitted. A migratory waterfowl stamp is not required.

Attention Grouse Hunters

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.

2017-2018 Other Species Seasons and Bag Limits

Seasons Dates Daily Bag Limit Possession Limit
Pheasant* October 2, 2017 – December 31, 2017
2
4
Ruffed Grouse (Partridge) October 2, 2017 – December 31, 2017
4
8
Bobwhite Quail October 2, 2017 – December 31, 2017
4
8
Crow Wildlife Management Districts 1 – 6
August 1, 2017 – September 22, 2017
February 3, 2018 – April 14, 2018
No limit
Wildlife Management Districts 7 – 29
August 1, 2017 – September 22, 2017
January 20, 2018 – March 31, 2018
Gray Squirrel October 2, 2017 – December 31, 2017
4
8
Gray Squirrel (Falconry) October 2, 2017 – February 28, 2018
4
8
Snowshoe Hare October 2, 2017 – March 31, 2018
4
8
Season on Island of Vinalhaven
October 2, 2017 – February 28, 2018
Bobcat** December 1, 2017 – February 21, 2018
No limit
Fox** October 15, 2017 – February 28, 2018
No limit
Raccoon October 2, 2017 – December 31, 2017
No limit
Skunk & Opossum October 15, 2017 – December 31, 2017
No limit
Coyote** January 1 – December 31, 2017
No limit
Night hunting (see Coyote Night Hunting)
December 16, 2017 – August 31, 2018
Woodchuck, Red Squirrel & Porcupine No closed season for hunting
No limit
Cottontail Rabbit, Spruce Grouse, Lynx No open season
All dates are inclusive except that hunting is prohibited on Sunday.
See Laws Pertaining to Hunting Equipment for information on the use of crossbows.

* 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.