2020-2021 Season Dates and Bag Limits

Deer

Seasons WMDs Dates Limits
First Day Last Day Daily Bag & Posession
Firearms Season All November 2, 2020 November 28, 2020 1 Deer Per Year**
Maine Resident Only Day* All October 31, 2020
Youth Deer Day All October 24, 2020
Archery/Crossbow All October 3, 2020 October 30, 2020
Muzzleloader Statewide All November 30, 2020 December 5, 2020
Muzzleloader 12, 13, 15-18, 20-26, 29 December 7, 2020 December 12, 2020
Expanded Archery Designated areas only September 12, 2020 December 12, 2020

**Only deer with antlers at least 3 inches long may be taken from October 31-December 12, 2020, 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 Daily Bag & Posession
General Hunting Season All August 31, 2020 November 28, 2020 2 Bear Per Year
1 by hunting, 1 by trapping
Youth Bear Day All August 29, 2020
Hunting with Dogs All September 14, 2020 October 30, 2020
Hunting with Bait
Bait can be placed August 1, 2020
All August 31, 2020 September 26, 2020
Bear Trapping All September 1, 2020 October 31, 2020

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Moose (by permit only)

Seasons WMDs Dates Limits
First Day Last Day Daily Bag & Posession
  1- 6, 10, 11, 18, 19, 27, 28 September 28, 2020 October 3, 2020 1 Moose Per Year

by either permittee or sub-permittee
  1-14, 17-19, 27, 28 October 12, 2020 October 17, 2020
  1-6 October 26, 2020 October 31, 2020
Maine Resident Only Day* 15, 16 October 31, 2020
  15, 16 November 2, 2020 November 28, 2020

Permit application period: January 22, 2020 - May 15, 2020.

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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 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 Daily Bag & Posession
General Hunting Season 15-17, 20-25 September 14, 2020 November 7, 2020 5 Wild Turkeys either sex, any age**
26 September 14, 2020 November 7, 2020 3 Wild Turkeys either sex, any age**
28 September 14, 2020 November 7, 2020 2 Wild Turkeys either sex, any age**
6, 10-13, 18, 19, 27 & 29 September 14, 2020 November 7, 2020 1 Wild Turkey either sex, any age**
1-5, 7-9 Closed to taking of Wild Turkeys
Youth Fall Wild Turkey Day September 12, 2020

** 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 26, 2020 December 31, 2020 4 8
Pheasant All September 26, 2020 December 31, 2020 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, 2020
February 5, 2021
September 25, 2020
April 15, 2021
No Limit
7-29 August 1, 2020
January 21, 2021
September 25, 2020
March 31, 2021

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Other Species

Seasons WMDs Dates Limits
First Day Last Day Daily Bag Posession
Gray Squirrel All September 26, 2020 December 31, 2020 4 8
Gray Squirrel (Falconry) All September 26, 2020 February 27, 2021 4 8
Snowshoe Hare All September 26, 2020 March 31, 2021 4 8
Snowshoe Hare Vinalhaven Island,
Knox County
September 26, 2020 February 27, 2021 4 8
Bobcat All December 1, 2020 February 20, 2021 No Limit
Fox All October 19, 2020 February 27, 2021 No Limit
Raccoon All October 1, 2020 December 31, 2020 No Limit
Skunk, Opossum All October 19, 2020 December 31, 2020 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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