2019-2020 Season Dates and Bag Limits

Deer

Seasons WMDs Dates Limits
First Day Last Day Daily Bag & Posession
Firearms Season All November 4, 2019 November 30, 2019 1 Deer Per Year**
Maine Resident Only Day* All November 2, 2019
Youth Deer Day All October 26, 2019
Archery All October 5, 2019 November 1, 2019
Muzzleloader Statewide All December 2, 2019 December 7, 2019
Muzzleloader 12, 13, 15-18, 20-26, 29 December 9, 2019 December 14, 2019
Expanded Archery Designated areas only September 7, 2019 December 14, 2019

**Only deer with antlers at least 3 inches long may be taken from November 2-December 14, except that any deer may be taken in desig-nated 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.

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Bear

Seasons WMDs Dates Limits
First Day Last Day Daily Bag & Posession
General Hunting Season All August 26, 2019 November 30, 2019 2 Bear Per Year
1 by hunting, 1 by trapping
Youth Bear Day All August 24, 2019
Hunting with Dogs All September 9, 2019 November 1, 2019
Hunting with Bait
Bait can be placed July 27, 2019*
All August 26, 2019 September 21, 2019

*No bait shall be placed after October 31, 2019 and must be cleaned up by November 10, 2019

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Moose (by permit only)

Seasons WMDs Dates Limits
First Day Last Day Daily Bag & Posession
Bull Only Hunt 1- 6, 10, 11, 18, 19, 27, 28 September 23, 2019 September 28, 2019 1 Moose Per Year

by either permittee or sub-permittee
Bull Only Hunt 1-14, 17-19, 27, 28 October 14, 2019 October 19, 2019
Cow Only Hunt 1-6 October 28, 2019 November 2, 2019
Any Moose Hunt
Maine Residents Only
15, 16 November 2, 2019
Any Moose Hunt 15, 16 November 4, 2019 November 30, 2019

Permit application period: January 22, 2019-May 15, 2019. These dates and districts are proposed and are subject to change.

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* A non-resident who owns 25 or more acres of land in Maine and leaves land open to hunting, holds a valid hunting license, and is not otherwise prohibitedby law, may hunt deer on the Resident only day, anywhere in the state. A verification form must be completed and can be located on the Hunting License Information page.

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

Seasons WMDs Dates Limits
First Day Last Day Daily Bag & Posession
General Hunting Season 7-29 April 29, 2019 June 1, 2019 2 bearded Wild Turkeys
Season A Week 1
(odd year birth)
1-6 April 29, 2019 May 4, 2019 1 bearded Wild Turkey*
Season A Week 2
(odd year birth)
1-6 May 13, 2019 May 18, 2019
Season B Week 3
(even year birth)
1-6 May 6, 2019 May 11, 2019
Season B Week 4
(even year birth)
1-6 May 20, 2019 May 25, 2019
All Hunters 1-6 May 27, 2019 June 1, 2019
Youth Spring Wild Turkey Day April 27, 2019

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Fall Wild Turkey (Bow & arrow or shotgun)

Seasons WMDs Dates Limits
First Day Last Day Daily Bag & Posession
General Hunting Season 15-17, 20-25, 28 October 1, 2019 November 7, 2019 2 Wild Turkeys either sex, any age
10-13, 18, 19, 26, 27, 29 October 1, 2019 November 7, 2019 1 Wild Turkey either sex, any age*
1-9, 14 Closed to Fall Turkey hunting

*May take up to 2 turkeys for the season, but the second turkey must come from a WMD listed as having a two bird limit.

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Upland and Migratory Birds

Seasons WMDs Dates Limits
First Day Last Day Daily Bag Posession
Ruffed Grouse & Bobwhite Quail All October 1, 2019 December 31, 2019 4 8
Pheasant All October 1, 2019 December 31, 2019 2 4
Woodcock All See migratory game bird laws for more information
Common Snipe All
Ducks, Geese, Sea Ducks
(Scoter, Eider, Long-Tailed Duck)
Sora & Virginia Rails
(and Gallinules)
All
Crows 1-6

February 2, 2019
August 1, 2019

August 15, 2019
September 20, 2019

No Limit
7-29 January 17, 2019
August 1, 2019
March 30, 2019
September 20, 2019

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Other Species

Seasons WMDs Dates Limits
First Day Last Day Daily Bag Posession
Gray Squirrel All October 1, 2019 December 31, 2019 4 8
Gray Squirrel (Falconry) All October 1, 2019 February 28, 2020 4 8
Snowshoe Hare All October 1, 2019 March 31, 2020 4 8
Snowshoe Hare Vinalhaven Island,
Knox County
October 1, 2019 February 28, 2020 4 8
Bobcat All December 1, 2019 February 21, 2020 No Limit
Fox All October 15, 2019 February 28, 2020 No Limit
Raccoon All October 1, 2019 December 31, 2019 No Limit
Skunk, Opossum All October 15, 2019 December 31, 2019 No Limit
Coyote Night Hunt All December 18, 2019 August 31, 2020 No Limit
Coyote, Woodchuck, Porcupine, Red Squirrel All No Closed Season for Hunting
Spruce Grouse, Lynx, Cottontail Rabbit No Open Season for Hunting

Note: Except for migratory game birds, there is no hunting season on any species of bird or animal which is not listed above.

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