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

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

Bear

SeasonFirst DayLast Day
General Hunting SeasonsAug. 28Nov. 25
Youth Bear DayAug. 26Aug. 26
Hunting with dogsSept. 11Oct. 27
Hunting with baitAug. 28Sept. 23

Moose (by permit only)

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

Ruffed Grouse & Bobwhite Quail

First DayLast Day
Oct. 1Dec. 31

Pheasant

First DayLast Day
Oct. 1Dec. 31

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

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

Crow

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

Gray Squirrel

Hunt TypeFirst DayLast Day
Oct. 1Dec. 31
FalconryOct. 1Feb. 28

Snowshoe Hare

RegionFirst DayLast Day
Oct. 1March 31
Vinalhaven Island, Knox CountyOct. 1Feb. 28

Bobcat

First DayLast Day
Dec. 1Feb. 21

Fox

First DayLast Day
Oct. 16Feb. 28

Raccoon

First DayLast Day
Oct. 1Dec. 31

Skunk, Opossum

First DayLast Day
Oct. 16Dec. 31

Coyote Night Hunt

First DayLast Day
Dec. 16Aug. 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.