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Maine

Hunting

Deer Hunting Seasons

2021 Deer Seasons and Bag Limits

Season Dates Annual Bag & Possession Limit
Expanded Archvery

(limited area/permit required)
September 11, 2021 - December 11, 2021 Only 1 may be taken annually.

Exception: Additional deer may
be taken by participants in the ExpandedArchery Season within the
expanded archery zones or by anyone possessing a bonus antlerless deer
permit or superpack antlerless deer permit.
Regulary Archery/Crossbow (Statewide) October 2, 2021 - October 29, 2021*
Firearms

(allows use of bow and arrow, crossbows*, firearms, or muzzleloaders)
Maine Residents Only:
October 30, 2021
All Hunters:

November 1, 2021 - November 27, 2021
Muzzleloader Week 1:
All Wildlife Management Districts (WMDs)
November 29, 2021 - December 4, 2021
Week 2:
WMDs 12, 13, 15-18, 20-26, 29
December 6, 2021 - December 11, 2021

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

*See Laws Pertaining to Hunting Equipment for information on the use of crossbows. A new law began January 1, 2020 and lasts through December 31, 2022, that expands crossbow hunting to the Regular October Archery Season on deer and during the Fall Wild Turkey Hunting Season.