Expanded Archery Season on Deer

Expanded Archery Season:

The expanded archery program was established to provide additional deer hunting opportunities in locations where deer populations can withstand additional hunting pressure without negatively impacting other existing deer hunting opportunities or human safety and where hunting opportunity or harvest potential are limited by a number of factors, most commonly discharge ordinances limiting the use of firearms for deer hunting. Most of the expanded archery areas are characterized by high levels of residential development interspersed with small woodlots, and many areas within them cannot be hunted with firearms due to municipal ordinances banning the discharge of firearms. Many of Maine’s coastal islands are also part of the expanded archery program; these areas have low harvest potential associated with difficult getting to the islands, and it is important to maximize hunting opportunity in ythese areas to try and keep island deer populations in check.

Most lands in the expanded archery areas are privately owned, and some are not deer habitat. Parts are unhuntable due to the existence of sanctuaries, municipal ordinances against archery discharge, or simply because individual landowners do not support hunting on their lands. We strongly urge all hunters to obtain landowner permission during the expanded archery season.

Regulations Summary:

Restricted to designated areas only. View expanded archery zone map or see descriptions below

Hunting with bow and broadhead arrow only, and deer taken as expanded archery kills must be taken under the authority of expanded archery permits.

Hunters who have a valid archery license will be able to purchase multiple expanded archery antlerless permits for $12.00 each, and one expanded archery either-sex permit (allows either an antlered or antlerless deer but not both) for $32.00. Note: One expanded archery antlerless deer permit, and one expanded archery either-sex permit (allows either an antlered or antlerless deer but not both) are included with the following licenses:

  • Maine Junior Hunting License
  • Maine Resident Over 70 Lifetime License
  • Maine Complimentary Disabled Veterans License
  • Maine Native American License

Limit: One buck and/or multiple antlerless deer (with appropriate expanded archery permits).

Deer must be legally transported and registered as for other deer seasons.

All other archery deer hunting laws apply.

View expanded archery zone map


Expanded Archery Areas:

Augusta Area: Parts of the towns of Augusta, Chelsea, Farmingdale, Gardiner, Hallowell, and West Gardiner. Important Note: Within the city limits of Augusta, you must obtain a permit from the Augusta Police Department in order to participate in the Expanded Archery Deer Season. Bow hunters are encouraged to contact the Hallowell Police Department for information on municipal ordinances affecting the discharge and possession of a bow and arrow in Hallowell.

Bangor Area: Parts of the towns of Bangor, Brewer, Hampden, Hermon, Old Town, Orono and Veazie.

Bucksport Area: Part of the town of Bucksport. Important Note: Hunters are encouraged to obtain a hunt map and other helpful information from the Bucksport town office.

Camden Area: Part of the towns of Camden, Owl's Head, Rockland, Rockport, and Thomaston. Important Note: The Beauchamp Point Sanctuary is open to archery hunting of deer during any open hunting season that allows archery equipment to be used to hunt deer.

Castine Area: The part of Castine south of the "British Canal." Important Note: Hunters are encouraged to obtain a hunt map and other helpful information from the Castine town office.

Coastal Islands of WMD 27: Coastal islands of WMD 27 not connected to the mainland at low tide or by man-made structures.

Eliot Area: Parts of the towns of Eliot, Kittery and South Berwick.

Lewiston Area: Parts of the towns of Auburn, Hebron, Lewiston, Lisbon, Minot, and Sabattus.

Portland Metropolitan Area: Parts of the towns of Cumberland, Falmouth, North Yarmouth, Portland, Scarborough, South Portland, Westbrook, Windham, and Yarmouth. Important Note: The discharge of firearms and archery hunting equipment is prohibited by ordinance in the entire City of Portland. This eliminates the possibility of hunting deer anywhere in Portland (including coastal islands) at this time.

Waterville Area: Parts of the towns of Benton, Fairfield, Oakland, Waterville and Winslow. Important Note: Bow hunters are encouraged to contact the Waterville police Department for information on municipal ordinances affecting the discharge and possession of a bow and arrow in Waterville.

WMD 24: Only certain areas of WMD 24.

WMD 29: WMD 29 with some exceptions.