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
Bear Trapping All September 1, 2019 October 31, 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
Antlerless Only Hunt 1-6 October 28, 2019 November 2, 2019
Maine Resident Only Day* 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
All Hunters 7 and 9-29 May 4, 2020 June 6, 2020 2 bearded Wild Turkeys
1-6 and 8 May 4, 2020 June 6, 2020 1 bearded Wild Turkey*
Youth Spring Wild Turkey Day May 2, 2020

*May take up to 2 turkeys for the spring season, but an individual WMD bag limit cannot be exceeded. The order in which they are taken does not matter.

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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 September 16, 2019 November 7, 2019 5 Wild Turkeys either sex, any age**
26 September 16, 2019 November 7, 2019 3 Wild Turkeys either sex, any age**
28 September 16, 2019 November 7, 2019 2 Wild Turkeys either sex, any age**
10-13, 18, 19, 27 & 29 September 16, 2019 November 7, 2019 1 Wild Turkey either sex, any age**
1-9, 14 Closed to taking of Wild Turkeys
Youth Fall Wild Turkey Day September 14, 2019

** May take up to five wild turkeys for the fall season, but cannot exceed an individual WMD bag limit, the order in which they are taken does not matter. No more than two wild turkeys may be harvested per permit holder per day.

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Upland and Migratory Birds

Seasons WMDs Dates Limits
First Day Last Day Daily Bag Posession
Ruffed Grouse & Bobwhite Quail All September 28, 2019 December 31, 2019 4 8
Pheasant All September 28, 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 August 1, 2019
February 7, 2020
September 20, 2019
April 15, 2020
No Limit
7-29 August 1, 2019
February 23, 2020
September 20, 2019
March 31, 2020

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Other Species

Seasons WMDs Dates Limits
First Day Last Day Daily Bag Posession
Gray Squirrel All September 28, 2019 December 31, 2019 4 8
Gray Squirrel (Falconry) All September 28, 2019 February 28, 2020 4 8
Snowshoe Hare All September 28, 2019 March 31, 2020 4 8
Snowshoe Hare Vinalhaven Island,
Knox County
September 28, 2019 February 28, 2020 4 8
Bobcat All December 2, 2019 February 21, 2020 No Limit
Fox All October 21, 2019 February 28, 2020 No Limit
Raccoon All October 1, 2019 December 31, 2019 No Limit
Skunk, Opossum All October 21, 2019 December 31, 2019 No Limit
Coyote Night Hunt All December 16, 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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