Marine biologists have been collecting weather related data and because the ecological relationship changes over time, management standards require avid observation. That is why having outdoorsmen and women out in the field gives a first take at what may be different, you help us to make a difference every day. In general Maine is divided into 29 WMDs, are western mountains or coastal plain northern hardwoods or spruce and variations in temperature.

Departments make a real effort so there is no confusion to make clear boundaries. With so many animals and ecosystems available it makes it easier to navigate through. Happy Hunting in a place that has had so much success for the vast game populations.

Maine Hunting Seasons Offered

Big Game: Deer, Black Bear, Moose

Small Game: Hare, Squirrel, Bobcat, Coyote, Fox, Raccoon

Bird: Turkey, Upland Game Birds, Pheasant, Quail, Ruffed Grouse, Crow

Maine Deer Hunting Season Dates 2021

SeasonsZones (WMDs)DatesAnnual Limits
FirearmAllNov 1- 27, 20211
Maine Resident Only Day*AllOct 30, 20211
Archery/CrossbowAllOct 2-29, 20211
Expanded ArcheryDesignated
areas only
Sept 11- Dec 11,
2021
1
Muzzleloader StatewideAllNov 29- Dec 4,
2021
1
Muzzleloader12, 13, 15-18, 20-26, 29Dec 6- 11, 20211
**Only deer with antlers at least 3 inches long may be taken from October 30-December 11, 2021, except that any deer may be taken in designated WMDs by hunters with any-deer permits.
Exceptions: Additional deer may be taken by participating in the Expanded Archery Season, or by anyone possessing a bonus antlerless deer permit or superpack antlerless deer permit.
Note: In WMDs where no any-deer permits are issued, it is bucks only for youth hunters on youth deer day and also bucks only for archers during the archery season on deer.

Maine Bear Hunting Season Dates 2021

SeasonsZones WMDSDatesLimit
General Hunting
Season
AllAug 30-Nov 272 Bear per yr – 1
by hunting , 1 by
trapping
Youth Bear DayAllAugust 28, 20212 Bear per yr – 1
by hunting , 1 by
trapping
Hunting with
Dogs
AllSept 13-Oct 292 Bear per yr – 1
by hunting , 1 by
trapping
Hunting with Bait
Bait can be placed July 31, 2021
AllAug 30- Sept 252 Bear per yr – 1
by hunting , 1 by
trapping
Bear TrappingAllSept 1- Oct 312 Bear per yr – 1
by hunting , 1 by
trapping

Moose Hunting Season Maine (by permit Only) 2021

SeasonsDatesZones (WMDs)Limits
MooseSept 27- Oct 21- 6, 10, 11, 18, 19, 27, 281 Moose Per Year

by either permittee or sub-permittee
MooseOct 11-161-14, 17-19, 27, 281 Moose Per Year

by either permittee or sub-permittee
MooseOct 25 – Oct 301-6, 81 Moose Per Year

by either permittee or sub-permittee
Maine Resident only dayOct 3015, 161 Moose Per Year

by either permittee or sub-permittee
MooseNov 1-2715, 161 Moose Per Year

by either permittee or sub-permittee

Permit application period: February 2021 –  11:59 pm (ET) on May 13, 2021.

Maine Hunting License Info

To hold a hunting license in Maine you will not only need a valid hunting license and permit for the animal they wish to pursue, but also:

  1. Held a license in the prior
  2. Taken a hunter safety course
  3. This will apply to the Firearms & Archery licenses, in order for
  4. Crossbow permit, you have to show first 2 and successful completion of #3
    license safety course.

Buy current hunting and fishing licenses and permits:
https://moses.informe.org/cgi-bin/online/moses_v3/step1

LicenseResidentNonresident
Big Game Hunting$36.00$115.00
Small Game Hunting$15.00$75.00
Combo Hunt/ Fish$43.00$115.00
Combo Fish/ Archery$43.00$75.00
PermitFee
Bear$27.00
Crossbow Hunting$26.00
Deer, Moose, Bear Registration$5.00
Turkey$20.00

Maine Hunting News

Roughly 94 % of Maine’s Forest land is privately owned and more is public. Total landowners open up more than 10 million acres of working farms and forests. Always know what matters most and keep it clean as well as legal, be sure to thank them to have the best experience possible! Know the laws when you get out into the state with awesome exemplary animals provided in the early 1880s and 1900s to conserve wildlife and fish.

Find a Hunting Guide

Hunting Guides in Maine

Bear hunting guides

Moose hunting guides

Deer hunting guides

Links to Official Sites

Buy license in Maine: https://moses.informe.org/cgi-bin/online/moses_v3/index
Maine State Regulation Site: https://www.maine.gov/ifw/hunting-trapping/licenses-permits/hunting-license.html#fees

Maine state PDF