Maine Hunting Seasons – Updated

Welcome to the Maine Hunting Seasons page. Updated US Hunting Seasons for 2022-2023.

As part of our comprehensive guide to US Hunting Seasons By State on this page you will find out “When Is Hunting Season for Maine?”

There is also general information on the different hunting seasons for a wide range of wild game species. You will find links to the relevant State Authority so you can make sure you have all the correct legal obligations in place before you start your hunt.

The Maine hunting season provides a diverse range of species for the hunter. These include:-

Moose, Deer, Black Bear, Turkey and a range of Small Game and Game Bird hunting.

IMPORTANT. All care has been taking in preparing this hunting season information for you. Please check the relevant State Authority’s Website for further information and any changes to current US Hunting Season Regulations. We have provided a link to each States hunting season website for your convenience.

Maine Deer and Moose Hunting Season

The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife comments about Moose hunting during hunting season as follows.

“Maine’s moose population is the largest of all the lower 48 states, estimated at 60-70,000 animals. This presents an incredible hunting opportunity for those lucky enough to win a Maine moose permit. And the appeal is no secret — every year, the Maine moose hunt is among the most coveted in the nation, with an average of 50,000 applications for the 2,000 to 3,000 moose permits typically issued.”

Hunting Category

Hunting Season 2022-2023*

deer (Firearms) Nov 4-30
Deer (Muzzleloaders) Dec 2-14
Deer (Bow) Oct 5-Nov 1
Deer (Youth) Oct 26
Moose (Bull Only) Sept 23-28
Moose (Anterless) Oct 28-Nov 2
Moose (Any) Nov 4-30

* Season dates may vary by zone. Please check the relevant State Authority Website.

Maine Turkey Hunting Season

Hunting Category

Hunting Season 2022-2023*

Spring May 4-June 6 (2020)
Fall Oct 1-Nov 7
Spring (Youth) May 2 (2020)

* Season dates may vary by zone. Please check the relevant State Authority Website.

 Maine Small Game Hunting Season

A variety of small game is available to the hunter during Maine hunting season.

Hunting Category

Hunting Season 2022-2023*

Coyote Open all Year
Bobcat Dec 1-Feb 21
Snowshoe Hare Oct 1-Mar 31
Gray Squirrel / Raccoon Oct 1-Dec 31
Red Squirrel Open All Year
Porcupine Open All Year
Fox Oct 21-Feb 28

* Season dates may vary by zone. Please check the relevant State Authority Website.

Maine Game Bird Hunting Season

The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife comments about Pheasant hunting during hunting season as follows.

“Thanks to the continued support of pheasant hunters from Maine and elsewhere, MDIFW, in cooperation with members of several dedicated Fish and Game Clubs, will stock about 2000 pheasants at 20 sites in York and Cumberland Counties.”

Hunting Category

Hunting Season 2022-2023*

Pheasants Sept 28-Dec 31
Bobwhite Quail Sept 28-Dec 31
Ruffed Grouse Sept 28-Dec 31
Regular Ducks Sept 23-Jan 6
Canada Geese Oct 1-Jan 31

* Season dates may vary by zone. Please check the relevant State Authority Website.

Maine Black Bear Hunting Season

The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife comments about Bear hunting during hunting season as follows.

“Bait may be placed 30 days prior to the bear hunting with bait season and no later than October 31. Bait areas must be cleaned up by November 10. Bait can be used to assist dog hunters and trappers, but it is illegal to shoot a bear over bait after the close of the hunting with bait season.”

Hunting Category

Hunting Season 2022-2023*

General Hunting Aug 26-Nov 30
Hunting with Dogs Sept 9-Nov 1
Hunting With Bait Aug 26-Sept 21
Youth Day Aug 24

* Season dates may vary by zone. Please check the relevant State Authority Website.

I hope you have found this State hunting season information helpful in planning your next great hunting adventure. Please feel free to share this page with your hunting buddies. In addition to these US Hunting Seasons by State pages, you may be interested in these posts.

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Good Luck!!