Season Dates and Bag Limits

Please see below for upcoming season dates. As 2021-2022 seasons end they are replaced with 2022-2023 season dates.

Deer

Seasons WMDs Dates Limits
First Day Last Day Annual Bag & Possession
Expanded Archery Designated areas only September 10, 2022 December 10, 2022 1 Deer Per Year**
Archery/Crossbow All October 1, 2022 October 28, 2022
Youth Deer Day All October 22, 2022
Maine Resident Only Day* All October 29, 2022
Firearms Season All October 31, 2022 November 26, 2022
Muzzleloader Statewide All November 28, 2022 December 3, 2022
Muzzleloader 12, 13, 15-18, 20-26, 29 December 5, 2022 December 10, 2022

**Only deer with antlers at least 3 inches long may be taken from October 29-December 10, 2022, 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
Youth Bear Day All August 27, 2022 2 Bear Per Year
1 by hunting, 1 by trapping
General Hunting Season All August 29, 2022 November 26, 2022
Hunting with Bait
Bait can be placed July 30, 2022
All August 29, 2022 September 24, 2022
Bear Trapping All September 1, 2022 October 31, 2022
Hunting with Dogs All September 12, 2022 October 28, 2022

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Moose (by permit only)

Seasons WMDs Dates Limits
First Day Last Day Annual Bag & Possession
4A (Adaptive Unit Hunt)   1 Moose Per Year

by either permittee or sub-permittee
To be determined
 
  1- 6, 10, 11, 18, 19, 27, 28 September 26, 2022 October 1, 2022
  1-14, 17-19, 27, 28 October 10, 2022 October 15, 2022
  1-6, 8 October 24, 2022 October 29, 2022
Maine Resident Only Day* 15, 16 October 29, 2022
  15, 16 October 31, 2022 November 26, 2022

Permit application period: February - May of each year.

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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 2, 2022 June 4, 2022 2 bearded Wild Turkeys
1-6 and 8 May 2, 2022 June 4, 2022 1 bearded Wild Turkey*
Youth Spring Wild Turkey Day April 30, 2022 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, crossbow or shotgun)

Seasons WMDs Dates Limits
First Day Last Day Seasonal Bag & Possession
General Hunting Season 15-17, 20-25 September 19, 2022 November 7, 2022 5 Wild Turkeys** No more than two wild turkeys (either sex, any age) may be harvested per permit holder per day, but cannot exceed the WMD bag limit.
26 September 19, 2022 November 7, 2022 3 Wild Turkeys**
28 September 19, 2022 November 7, 2022 2 Wild Turkeys**
6, 10-13, 18, 19, 27 & 29 September 19, 2022 November 7, 2022 1 Wild Turkey**
1-5, 7-9, 14 Closed to taking of Wild Turkeys
Youth Fall Wild Turkey Day September 17, 2022

** 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.

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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 24, 2022 December 31, 2022 4 8
Pheasant All September 24, 2022 December 31, 2022 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     No Limit
7-29 To be determined To be determined

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Other Species

Seasons WMDs Dates Limits
First Day Last Day Daily Bag Possession
Gray Squirrel All September 24, 2022 December 31, 2022 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, 2022 December 31, 2022 No Limit
Skunk, Opossum All October 17, 2022 December 31, 2022 No Limit
Coyote Night Hunt All December 16, 2021 August 31, 2022 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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