2018-2019 Season Dates and Bag Limits

Deer

Seasons WMDs Dates Limits
First Day Last Day Daily Bag & Posession
Firearms Season All October 29, 2018 November 24, 2018 1 Deer Per Year**
Maine Resident Only Day* All October 27, 2018
Youth Deer Day All October 20, 2018
Archery All September 28, 2018 October 26, 2018
Muzzleloader Statewide All November 26, 2017 December 1, 2018
Muzzleloader 12, 13, 15-18, 20-26, 29 December 3, 2018 December 8, 2018
Expanded Archery Designated areas only September 8, 2018 December 8, 2018

**Only deer with antlers at least 3 inches long may be taken from October 27-December 8, 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 27, 2018 November 24, 2018 2 Bear Per Year
1 by hunting, 1 by trapping
Youth Bear Day All August 25, 2018
Hunting with Dogs All September 10, 2018 October 26, 2018
Hunting with Bait
Bait can be placed July 28
All August 27, 2018 September 22, 2018

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Moose (by permit only)

Seasons WMDs Dates Limits
First Day Last Day Daily Bag & Posession
1- 6, 11, 19 September 24, 2018 September 29, 2018 1 Moose Per Year

by either permittee or sub-permittee
1-14, 17-19, 27, 28 October 8, 2018 October 13, 2018
15, 16 October 29, 2018 November 24, 2018
Maine Resident Only Day* 15, 16 October 27, 2018
1-4, 19 October 22, 2018 October 27, 2018

Permit application period: January through April 1

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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 prohibited by 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, 9-29 April 30, 2018 June 2, 2018 2 bearded Wild Turkeys
8 April 30, 2018 June 2, 2018 1 bearded Wild Turkey*
Season A Week 1
(even year birth)
1-6 April 30, 2018 May 5, 2018
Season A Week 2
(even year birth)
1-6 May 14, 2018 May 19, 2018
Season B Week 3
(odd year birth)
1-6 May 7, 2018 May 12, 2018
Season B Week 4
(odd year birth)
1-6 May 21, 2018 May 26, 2018
All Hunters 1-6 May 28, 2018 June 2, 2018
Youth Spring Wild Turkey Day April 28, 2018

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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, 2017 November 7, 2018 2 Wild Turkeys either sex, any age
10-13, 18, 19, 26, 27, 29 October 1, 2018 November 7, 2018 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, 2018 December 31, 2018 4 8
Pheasant All October 1, 2018 December 31, 2018 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 3, 2018
August 1, 2018
April 14, 2018
September 22, 2018
No Limit
7-29 January 20, 2018
August 1, 2018
March 31, 2018
September 22, 2018

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Other Species

Seasons WMDs Dates Limits
First Day Last Day Daily Bag Posession
Gray Squirrel All October 1, 2018 December 31, 2018 4 8
Gray Squirrel (Falconry) All October 1, 2018 February 28, 2019 4 8
Snowshoe Hare All October 1, 2018 March 31, 2019 4 8
Snowshoe Hare Vinalhaven Island,
Knox County
October 1, 2018 February 28, 2019 4 8
Bobcat All December 1, 2018 February 21, 2019 No Limit
Fox All October 15, 2018 February 28, 2019 No Limit
Raccoon All October 1, 2018 December 31, 2018 No Limit
Skunk, Opossum All October 15, 2018 December 31, 2018 No Limit
Coyote Night Hunt All December 18, 2018 August 31, 2019 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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