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Junior Hunters

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Hunting Prohibited

Children under 10 years of age are not allowed to hunt.

Junior Hunting License

Children at least 10 years of age and under 16 years of age must have a junior hunting license to hunt.

Hunters to be Accompanied

Junior hunters (10 years of age or older and under 16) may hunt with firearms ONLY in the presence of their parent or guardian or an adult who is at least 18 years of age. The person who accompanies a youth hunter is responsible for any violations committed by that hunter. Any person who accompanies a junior hunter, other than the parent or guardian, must either possess a valid Maine hunting license or have successfully completed a hunter education course. That presence must be unaided by visual or audio enhancement devices, including binoculars and citizen band radios.

A junior hunter who turns 16 years of age may continue hunting for that year with the junior license (see NOTE on license information), but must complete the appropriate safety course prior to hunting without adult supervision. A junior hunter who turns 16 and continues hunting with a junior license must purchase waterfowl (Federal and State) and pheasant authorities.

A resident junior hunting license includes all permits and other permissions necessary to hunt at no additional cost. For nonresident junior license information, please call (207) 287-8000.

Archery Hunting

A Junior hunting license holder may hunt with bow and arrow when accompanied by an adult 18 years of age or older.

Juniors hunting during the expanded archery season must purchase the expanded archery permits.

Note: A resident junior hunting license includes one expanded archery antlerless permit.

Crossbow Hunting

A resident or nonresident 10 years of age or older and under 16 years of age may hunt with a crossbow if that person holds a valid junior hunting license (no crossbow license required). With a valid crossbow hunting license, a person may hunt bear with a crossbow during the open season on bear, and may hunt deer with a crossbow during the open firearm season on deer. (See restrictions on the use of crossbows.) The crossbow hunting license may not be used to hunt deer during the archery season, muzzleloading season, or expanded archery season (or in an expanded archery zone).

Youth Deer Hunting Day

Junior hunters (10 years of age or older and under 16) who hold a valid junior hunting license are allowed to take one deer of either sex (except in WMDs where no antlerless deer permits are issued; youth hunters are restricted to bucks only), with either a firearm, crossbow, or bow and arrow on the youth deer hunting day. If they shoot a deer on the youth deer hunting day, they are prohibited from taking any additional deer, unless they have been awarded a bonus antlerless-deer permit or participate in the expanded archery season (designated areas only) with appropriate expanded archery permits. The parent, guardian, or qualified adult shall not possess a firearm while accompanying a participating youth hunter. All laws pertaining to hunting during the open firearms season on deer apply on the youth deer day.

 

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