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Deer Hunting Seasons

Deer Season Dates and Bag Limits

First DayLast DayAnnual Bag & Possession
Expanded ArcheryDesignated areas onlySeptember 9, 2023December 9, 2023

1 Antlered Deer Per Year*


  • Additional deer may be taken by hunters possessing antlerless deer permit(s) or during the Expanded Archery season with appropriate permits.
  • During the Regular Archery and Crossbow Season, hunters may harvest an antlerless deer without an antlerless permit in any WMD/ subunit.
  • During the Youth Deer Hunt, hunters may harvest an antlerless deer without an antlerless permit in any WMD/subunit.
Regular Archery and CrossbowAllSeptember 30, 2023October 27, 2023
Youth Deer HuntAllOctober 20, 2023October 21, 2023
Maine Resident Only Day**AllOctober 28, 2023
Firearms SeasonAllOctober 30, 2023November 25, 2023
Muzzleloader StatewideAllNovember 27, 2023December 2, 2023
Muzzleloader12, 13, 15-18, 20-26, 29December 4, 2023December 9, 2023

* Only deer with antlers at least 3 inches long may be taken from October 28, 2023-December 9, 2023, except that antlerless deer may be taken in designated WMDs/subunits by hunters with Antlerless DeerPermits and expanded archery hunters with appropriate permits. Please see Antlerless Deer Permits for more information.

** 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 prohibitedby 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.