Hunting Seasons

Hunting Season is always a special time of the year. Whether you are planning on waiting patiently in a deer stand to bag that trophy buck or sitting knee deep in the marsh hoping to bag a band. Being able to take advantage of all the hunting seasons is why The Waterfowl Hunter has put together the hunting dates for Maine.

These dates serve as a general guide for more specific hunting visit Maine Depart. of Inland Fish and Wildlife. 

Deer Hunting Seasons

Season First Day Last Day
Firearms Season Oct. 30 Nov. 25
Maine Resident Only Day Oct. 28 Oct. 28
Youth Deer Day Oct. 21 Oct. 21
Archery Sept. 28 Oct. 27
Muzzleloader Statewide (all WMD’s) Nov. 27 Dec. 2
Muzzleloader WMD’s 12, 13, 15 through 18, 20 through 26, 29 Dec. 4 Dec. 9
Expanded Archery (designated areas only) Sept. 9 Dec. 9

Bear

Season First Day Last Day
General Hunting Seasons Aug. 28 Nov. 25
Youth Bear Day Aug. 26 Aug. 26
Hunting with dogs Sept. 11 Oct. 27
Hunting with bait Aug. 28 Sept. 23

Moose (by permit only)

WMD’s First Day Last Day
1 through 6, 11, 19 Sept. 25 Sept. 30
1 through 14, 17 through 19, 27, 28 Oct. 9 Oct. 14
15, 16, 23, 25, 26 Oct. 30 Nov. 25
Maine Resident Only Day – WMD’s 15, 16, 23, 25, 26 Oct. 28 Oct. 28
1 through 4 & 19 Oct. 23 Oct. 28

Ruffed Grouse & Bobwhite Quail

First Day Last Day
Oct. 1 Dec. 31

Pheasant

First Day Last Day
Oct. 1 Dec. 31

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

Hunt Type/WMD’s First Day Last Day
7, 9 through 29 May 1 June 3
8 May 1 June 3
1 through 6 Season A Week 1 (odd year birth) May 1 May 6
1 through 6 Season A Week 2 (odd year birth) May 15 May 20
1 through 6 Season B Week 3 (even year birth) May 8 May 13
1 through 6 Season B Week 4 (even year birth) May 22 May 27
1 through 6 All Hunters May 22 May 27
1 through 6 Youth Spring Wild Turkey Day April 29 April 29

Crow

WMD’s First Day Last Day
1 through 6 Feb. 4 April 15
1 through 6 Aug. 1 Sept. 22
7 through 29 Jan. 20 March 31
7 through 29 Aug. 1 Sept. 22

Gray Squirrel

Hunt Type First Day Last Day
Oct. 1 Dec. 31
Falconry Oct. 1 Feb. 28

Snowshoe Hare

Region First Day Last Day
Oct. 1 March 31
Vinalhaven Island, Knox County Oct. 1 Feb. 28

Bobcat

First Day Last Day
Dec. 1 Feb. 21

Fox

First Day Last Day
Oct. 16 Feb. 28

Raccoon

First Day Last Day
Oct. 1 Dec. 31

Skunk, Opossum

First Day Last Day
Oct. 16 Dec. 31

Coyote Night Hunt

First Day Last Day
Dec. 16 Aug. 31

Coyote, Woodchuck, Porcupine, Red Squirrel

Notice
No Closed Season for Hunting

Spruce Grouse, Lynx, Cottontail Rabbit

Notice
No Open Season for Hunting

Woodcock, Common Snipe, Ducks, Geese, Sea Ducks (scoter, eider, long-tailed duck), Sora & Virginia Rails (and Gallinules)

Notice
Seasons set in late August/early September. Regulations available mid-september.