We set out to create the most simplified guide to Maine hunting seasons for 2023.
Want to find out season dates, learn about regulations and bag limits, understand license requirements, and get access helpful links?
Then you’ll love the info outlined in today’s guide. Let’s dive right in.
Having trouble finding the info you need about Maine? Maine offers a lot of diversity, if this is your first time hunting you are in for a great experience. The times spent will be some of the best you’ve had. Arizona is big on promoting youth hunts and offers a wide variety of juniors only programs. The most important part is teaching the generation to be responsible stewards. They can participate in small game hunting, plus there is big game hunting to try for all ages. Maine participates in the lottery which helps maintain healthy, sustainable wildlife populations and habitats.
Resident Only Day: October 30
Youth Day: October 23
Firearms: November 1 - November 27
Archery: October 2 - October 29
Muzzleloader Statewide: November 29 - December 4
Selected Regions: December 6 - December 11
Expanded Archery: September 11 -December 11
Fall General Season: September 20 - November 6
Fall Youth Day: September 18
Spring General Season: May 2 -June 4
Spring Youth Day: April 30
Gray Squirrel: September 25 - December 31
Snowshoe Hare: September 25 - March 31
Bobcat: December 1 - February 21
Woodchuck, Coyote, Porcupine, Red Squirrel: Open Season
Coyote Night Hunt: December 16 - August 31
Ruffed Grouse & Bobwhite Quail: September 25 - December 31
See the map below for a breakdown of Maine's hunting zones:
Deer bag limit: 1
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:
Held a license in the prior Taken a hunter safety course This will apply to the Firearms & Archery licenses, in order for Crossbow permit, you have to show first 2 and successful completion of #3 license safety course.
You can't bait in Maine.
No hunting with dogs.
You have to wear orange.
Official State Site: https://www.maine.gov/ifw/index.html