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Season Dates & Bag Limits

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Deer

Seasons WMDs Dates Limits
First Day Last Day Daily Bag & Posession
Firearms Season All October 30, 2017 November 25, 2017 1 Deer Per Year**
Maine Resident Only Day* All October 28, 2017
Youth Deer Day All October 21, 2017
Archery All September 28, 2017 October 27, 2017
Muzzleloader Statewide All November 27, 2017 December 2, 2017
Muzzleloader 12, 13, 15-18, 20-26, 29 December 4, 2017 December 9, 2017
Expanded Archery Designated areas only September 9, 2017 December 9, 2017

**Only deer with antlers at least 3 inches long may be taken from October 28-December 9, except that any deer may be taken in designated WMDs by hunters with any-deer permits.

Exceptions: Additional deer may be taken by participating in the Expanded Archery Season, or by anyone possessing a bonus antlerless deer permit or superpack antlerless deer permit.

Note: In WMDs where no any-deer permits are issued, it is bucks only for youth hunters on youth deer day and also bucks only for archers during the archery season on deer.

Bear

Seasons WMDs Dates Limits
First Day Last Day Daily Bag & Posession
General Hunting Season All August 28, 2017 November 25, 2017 2 Bear Per Year
1 by hunting, 1 by trapping
Youth Bear Day All August 26, 2017
Hunting with Dogs All September 11, 2017 October 27, 2017
Hunting with Bait
Bait can be placed July 27
All August 28, 2017 September 23, 2017

Moose (by permit only)

Seasons WMDs Dates Limits
First Day Last Day Daily Bag & Posession
1- 6, 11, 19 September 25, 2017 September 30, 2017 1 Moose Per Year

by either permittee or sub-permittee

1-14, 17-19, 27, 28 October 9, 2017 October 14, 2017
15, 16 October 30, 2017 November 25, 2017
Maine Resident Only Day* 15, 16 October 28, 2017
1-4, 19 October 23, 2017 October 28, 2017

Permit application period: January through April 1

* A non-resident who owns 25 or more acres of land in Maine and leaves land open to hunting, holds a valid hunting license, and is not otherwise prohibited by law, may hunt deer on the Resident only day, anywhere in the state. A verification form must be completed and can be located on the Hunting License Information page.

Spring Wild Turkey (Bow & arrow, crossbow or shotgun)

Seasons WMDs Dates Limits
First Day Last Day Daily Bag & Posession
General Hunting Season 7, 9-29 April 30, 2018 June 2, 2018 2 bearded Wild Turkeys
8 April 30, 2018 June 2, 2018 1 bearded Wild Turkey*
Season A Week 1
(even year birth)
1-6 April 30, 2018 May 5, 2018
Season A Week 2
(even year birth)
1-6 May 14, 2018 May 19, 2018
Season B Week 3
(odd year birth)
1-6 May 7, 2018 May 12, 2018
Season B Week 4
(odd year birth)
1-6 May 21, 2018 May 26, 2018
All Hunters 1-6 May 28, 2018 June 2, 2018
Youth Spring Wild Turkey Day April 28, 2018

Fall Wild Turkey (Bow & arrow or shotgun)

Seasons WMDs Dates Limits
First Day Last Day Daily Bag & Posession
General Hunting Season 15-17, 20-25, 28 October 2, 2017 November 7, 2017 2 Wild Turkeys either sex, any age
10-13, 18, 19, 26, 27, 29 October 2, 2017 November 7, 2017 1 Wild Turkey either sex, any age*
1-9, 14 Closed to Fall Turkey hunting

*May take up to 2 turkeys for the season, but the second turkey must come from a WMD listed as having a two bird limit.

Upland and Migratory Birds

Seasons WMDs Dates Limits
First Day Last Day Daily Bag Posession
Ruffed Grouse & Bobwhite Quail All October 2, 2017 December 31, 2017 4 8
Pheasant All October 2, 2017 December 31, 2017 2 4
Woodcock All See migratory game bird laws for more information
Common Snipe All
Ducks, Geese, Sea Ducks
(Scoter, Eider, Long-Tailed Duck)
Sora & Virginia Rails
(and Gallinules)
All
Crows 1-6 February 3, 2018
August 1, 2017
April 14, 2018
September 22, 2017
No Limit
7-29 January 20, 2018
August 1, 2017
March 31, 2018
September 22, 2017

Other Species

Seasons WMDs Dates Limits
First Day Last Day Daily Bag Posession
Gray Squirrel All October 2, 2017 December 31, 2017 4 8
Gray Squirrel (Falconry) All October 2, 2017 February 28, 2018 4 8
Snowshoe Hare All October 2, 2017 March 31, 2018 4 8
Snowshoe Hare Vinalhaven Island,
Knox County
October 2, 2017 February 28, 2018 4 8
Bobcat All December 1, 2017 February 21, 2018 No Limit
Fox All October 15, 2017 February 28, 2018 No Limit
Raccoon All October 2, 2017 December 31, 2017 No Limit
Skunk, Opossum All October 15, 2017 December 31, 2017 No Limit
Coyote Night Hunt All December 16, 2017 August 31, 2018 No Limit
Coyote, Woodchuck, Porcupine, Red Squirrel All No Closed Season for Hunting
Spruce Grouse, Lynx, Cottontail Rabbit No Open Season for Hunting

Note: Except for migratory game birds, there is no hunting season on any species of bird or animal which is not listed above.