2020-2021 Season Dates and Bag Limits

Completed 2020-2021 seasons have been updated with 2021-2022 dates.

Deer

Seasons WMDs Dates Limits
First Day Last Day Annual Bag & Possession
Firearms Season All November 1, 2021 November 27, 2021 1 Deer Per Year**
Maine Resident Only Day* All October 30, 2021
Youth Deer Day All October 23, 2021
Archery/Crossbow All October 2, 2021 October 29, 2021
Muzzleloader Statewide All November 29, 2021 December 4, 2021
Muzzleloader 12, 13, 15-18, 20-26, 29 December 6, 2021 December 11, 2021
Expanded Archery Designated areas only September 11, 2021 December 11, 2021

**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.

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Bear

Seasons WMDs Dates Limits
First Day Last Day Annual Bag & Possession
General Hunting Season All August 30, 2021 November 27, 2021 2 Bear Per Year
1 by hunting, 1 by trapping
Youth Bear Day All August 28, 2021
Hunting with Dogs All September 13, 2021 October 29, 2021
Hunting with Bait
Bait can be placed July 31, 2021
All August 30, 2021 September 25, 2021
Bear Trapping All September 1, 2021 October 31, 2021

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Moose (by permit only)

Seasons WMDs Dates Limits
First Day Last Day Annual Bag & Possession
  1- 6, 10, 11, 18, 19, 27, 28 September 27, 2021 October 2, 2021 1 Moose Per Year

by either permittee or sub-permittee
  1-14, 17-19, 27, 28 October 11, 2021 October 16, 2021
  1-6 October 25, 2021 October 30, 2021
Maine Resident Only Day* 15, 16 October 30, 2021
  15, 16 November 1, 2021 November 27, 2021

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

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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 Seasonal Bag & Possession
All Hunters 7 and 9-29 May 3, 2021 June 5, 2021 2 bearded Wild Turkeys
1-6 and 8 May 3, 2021 June 5, 2021 1 bearded Wild Turkey*
Youth Spring Wild Turkey Day May 1, 2021 May take up to 2 bearded Wild Turkeys from WMDs that have a 2 bird limit.

*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 Seasonal Bag & Possession
General Hunting Season 15-17, 20-25 September 20, 2021 November 6, 2021 5 Wild Turkeys either sex, any age**
26 September 20, 2021 November 6, 2021 3 Wild Turkeys either sex, any age**
28 September 20, 2021 November 6, 2021 2 Wild Turkeys either sex, any age**
6, 10-13, 18, 19, 27 & 29 September 20, 2021 November 6, 2021 1 Wild Turkey either sex, any age**
1-5, 7-9, 14 Closed to taking of Wild Turkeys
Youth Fall Wild Turkey Day September 18, 2021

** 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 Possession
Ruffed Grouse & Bobwhite Quail All September 25, 2021 December 31, 2021 4 8
Pheasant All September 25, 2021 December 31, 2021 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 5, 2021
August 2, 2021
April 15, 2021
September 24, 2021
No Limit
7-29 January 21, 2021
August 2, 2021
March 31, 2021
September 24, 2021

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Other Species

Seasons WMDs Dates Limits
First Day Last Day Daily Bag Possession
Gray Squirrel All September 25, 2021 December 31, 2021 4 8
Gray Squirrel (Falconry) All September 25, 2021 February 28, 2022 4 8
Snowshoe Hare All September 25, 2021 March 31, 2022 4 8
Snowshoe Hare Vinalhaven Island,
Knox County
September 25, 2021 February 28, 2022 4 8
Bobcat All December 1, 2021 February 21, 2022 No Limit
Fox All October 18, 2021 February 28, 2022 No Limit
Raccoon All October 1, 2021 December 31, 2021 No Limit
Skunk, Opossum All October 18, 2021 December 31, 2021 No Limit
Coyote Night Hunt All December 16, 2020 August 31, 2021 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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