To hunt in Maine, you must have a valid hunting license. Hunting licenses are valid for one calendar year, starting January 1 (or on the date of purchase if after January 1). The type of license you need depends upon your age, if you are a Maine resident or nonresident, hunting method, and other factors.

Some species and hunting methods require additional permits, which are outlined below.

Hunting licenses and permits may be purchased online or at local agents such as town offices.

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What does my hunting license cover?

Big Game License

A big game license permits hunting of all legal species, including deer, bear, moose, raccoon, and bobcat (additional permits apply for certain species and seasons which are described below). A big game hunting license also permits the hunter to hunt small game, you do not need to purchase both the big game and the small game hunting license.

Archery hunting licenses, Res Hunt, and Nonresident (NR) Hunt are big game hunting licenses. Combination licenses, such as Fish/Hunt, Fish/Archery, and Nonresident Fish/Hunt are all big game hunting licenses.

Hunters still need to apply for moose and antlerless deer permits.

Small Game License

A small game license permits hunting of all game species except deer, bear, moose, raccoon, and bobcat. A hunter is still required to purchase any additional permit that is required to hunt that species.

If you have a junior, apprentice, super pack, lifetime (and are over the age of 70), or a complimentary license, some permits may be included with your license. Learn more about special hunting licenses.

Permit and License Requirements for Antlered White-tailed Deer Hunting in Maine

Firearm Hunting

  • Resident Firearm:
    • License: Resident Hunting (Res Hunt) - $26
    • Permit: Not required
  • Nonresident Firearm:
    • License: Nonresident Hunting (NR Hunt) - $115
    • Permit: Not required

Archery Hunting

  • Resident Archery:
    • License: Resident Archery (Res Archery) - $26
    • Permit: Not required
  • Nonresident Archery:
    • License: Nonresident Archery (NR Archery) - $75 or Nonresident 6-day Archery - $26
    • Permit: Not required

Crossbow Hunting

  • Resident Crossbow:
    • License: Resident Hunting (Res Hunt) - $26 or Resident Archery (Res Archery) - $26
    • Permit: Resident Crossbow Hunt - $26
  • Nonresident Crossbow:
    • License: Nonresident Hunting (NR Hunt) - $115 or Nonresident Archery (NR Archery) - $75 or Nonresident 6-day Archery - $26
    • Permit: Nonresident Crossbow Hunt - $56

Muzzleloader Hunting

  • Resident Muzzleloader:
    • License: Resident Hunting (Res Hunt) - $26
    • Permit: Resident Muzzleloader Hunt - $13 (Only required during muzzleloader season)
  • Nonresident Muzzleloader:
    • License: Nonresident Hunting (NR Hunt) - $115
    • Permit: Nonresident Muzzleloader Hunt - $69 (Only required during muzzleloader season)

Expanded Archery Hunting

  • Resident Expanded Archery:
    • License: Resident Archery (Res Archery) - $26
    • Permit: Either-Sex Expanded Archery Permit - $32
  • Nonresident Expanded Archery:
    • License: Nonresident Archery (NR Archery) - $75 or Nonresident 6-day Archery - $26
    • Permit: Either-Sex Expanded Archery Permit - $32

To legally hunt antlered white-tailed deer in Maine, hunters must possess the appropriate licenses and permits for their chosen hunting method and residency status. These requirements are established to ensure responsible hunting practices within the state. Always refer to the most recent regulations for any potential changes or updates to licensing and permit needs.

Licensing and Permitting for Antlerless White-tailed Deer Hunting in Maine

Antlerless white-tailed deer hunting requires an additional permit which can be acquired via a lottery system. Some permits are also available for direct purchase online on a first-come, first-served basis.

Firearm Hunting for Antlerless Deer

  • Resident Firearm:
    • License: Resident Hunting (Res Hunt) - $26
    • Permit: Antlerless Deer Permit - $12
  • Nonresident Firearm:
    • License: Nonresident Hunting (NR Hunt) - $115
    • Permit: Antlerless Deer Permit - $12

Archery Hunting for Antlerless Deer

  • Resident Archery:
    • License: Resident Archery (Res Archery) - $26
    • Permit: May not be required in certain WMDs during the Regular Archery Season; verify by visiting the deer permit webpage. Required if hunting during the firearms season.
  • Nonresident Archery:
    • License: Nonresident Archery (NR Archery) - $75 or Nonresident 6-day Archery - $26
    • Permit: As above for residents.

Crossbow Hunting for Antlerless Deer

  • Resident Crossbow:
    • License: Resident Hunting (Res Hunt) - $26 or Resident Archery - $26
    • Permit: Resident Crossbow Hunt - $26. Antlerless Deer Permit may not be needed in certain WMDs during the Regular Archery and Crossbow Season; confirm details online. Required if hunting during the firearm season.
  • Nonresident Crossbow:
    • License: Nonresident Hunting (NR Hunt) - $115 or Nonresident Archery - $75 or Nonresident 6-day Archery - $26
    • Permit: Nonresident Crossbow Hunt - $56. Similar Antlerless permit conditions as residents.

Muzzleloader Hunting for Antlerless Deer

  • Resident Muzzleloader:
    • License: Resident Hunting (Res Hunt) - $26
    • Permit: Resident Muzzleloader Hunt - $13 (during the muzzleloader deer season) + Antlerless Deer Permit - $12
  • Nonresident Muzzleloader:
    • License: Nonresident Hunting (NR Hunt) - $115
    • Permit: Nonresident Muzzleloader Hunt - $69 (during the muzzleloader deer season) + Antlerless Deer Permit - $12

Expanded Archery Hunting for Antlerless Deer

  • Resident Expanded Archery:
    • License: Resident Archery (Res Archery) - $26
    • Permit: Expanded Antlerless Deer Permit - $12 and/or Either-Sex Expanded Permit - $32
  • Nonresident Expanded Archery:
    • License: Nonresident Archery (NR Archery) - $75 or Nonresident 6-day Archery - $26
    • Permit: As above for residents.

Further information on Antlerless Deer Permit Requirements can be found on the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife website. Hunters must ensure compliance with all permit and licensing requirements before engaging in antlerless deer hunting activities.

Bear Hunting Licensing and Permit Requirements in Maine

Firearm Bear Hunting

  • Resident Firearm:
    • License: Resident Hunting (Res Hunt) - $26
    • Permit: Bear Permit - $10 (required when hunting bear before deer firearms season)
    • Additional: Dog Training and Hunting Permit* - $12 (if using dogs)
  • Nonresident Firearm:
    • License: Nonresident Hunting (NR Hunt) - $115
    • Permit Options: Full Season Bear Permit - $74, or Late Season Bear Permit - $40 (valid only during deer firearms season)
    • Additional: Dog Training and Hunting Permit* - $12 (if using dogs, must be guided by a Maine guide)

Archery Bear Hunting

  • Resident Archery:
    • License: Resident Archery (Res Archery) - $26
    • Permit: Bear Permit - $10 (required for residents when hunting bear before deer firearms season)
    • Additional: Dog Training and Hunting Permit* - $12 (if using dogs)
  • Nonresident Archery:
    • License: Nonresident Archery (NR Archery) - $75 or Nonresident 6-day Archery - $26
    • Permit Options: Full Season Bear Permit - $74, or Late Season Bear Permit - $40 (valid during deer firearms season only)
    • Additional: Dog Training and Hunting Permit* - $12 (if using dogs, nonresident must be with a Maine guide)

Crossbow Bear Hunting

  • Resident Crossbow:
    • License: Resident Hunting (Res Hunt) - $26 or Resident Archery (Res Archery) - $26
    • Permit: Resident Crossbow Hunt - $26 + Bear Permit - $10 (required for residents when hunting bear before the deer firearms season)
    • Additional: Dog Training and Hunting Permit* - $12 (if using dogs)
  • Nonresident Crossbow:
    • License: Nonresident Hunting (NR Hunt) - $115 or Nonresident Archery (NR Archery) - $75 or Nonresident 6-day Archery - $26
    • Permit Options: Nonresident Crossbow Hunt - $56 + Full Season Bear Permit - $74, or Late Season Bear Permit - $40 (valid during deer firearms season only)
    • Additional: Dog Training and Hunting Permit* - $12 (if using dogs, nonresident must be accompanied by a Maine guide)

*Dog Training and Hunting Permit applies to those who use dogs for training or hunting bears. Nonresident hunters utilizing dogs must also adhere to additional guidelines and are required to be in the physical presence of a Maine guide.

For all methods of bear hunting in Maine, it's important for hunters to secure the correct license, bear permit, and potentially a dog training and hunting permit if applicable. It is advised to check the latest regulations for any changes or specific exceptions related to bear hunting with dogs.

Licensing and Permitting for Moose Hunting in Maine

Moose Permit acquisition options in Maine include entering a lottery (open from February through May each year), participating in an auction, or securing a tag through an outfitter.

Firearm Moose Hunting

  • Resident Firearm:
    • License: Resident Hunting (Res Hunt) - $26
    • Permit: Moose Permit - $52
  • Nonresident Firearm:
    • License: Nonresident Hunting (NR Hunt) - $115
    • Permit: Moose Permit - $585

Archery Moose Hunting

  • Resident Archery:
    • License: Resident Archery (Res Archery) - $26
    • Permit: Moose Permit - $52
  • Nonresident Archery:
    • License: Nonresident Archery (NR Archery) - $75 or Nonresident 6-day Archery - $26
    • Permit: Moose Permit - $585

Crossbow Moose Hunting

  • Resident Crossbow:
    • License(s): Resident Hunting (Res Hunt) - $26 or Resident Archery (Res Archery) - $26
    • Permits: Resident Crossbow Hunt - $26 + Moose Permit - $52
  • Nonresident Crossbow:
    • License(s): Nonresident Hunting (NR Hunt) - $115 or Nonresident Archery (NR Archery) - $75 or 6-day Nonresident Archery - $26
    • Permits: Nonresident Crossbow Hunt - $56 + Moose Permit - $585

Regardless of the method used for hunting moose in Maine, all participants must possess an appropriate license and a moose permit. The high value of the nonresident moose permit reflects the limited opportunity and demand for moose hunting in the state. Hunters should ensure all necessary documents and permits are obtained prior to the moose hunting season.

Licensing and Permitting for Wild Turkey Hunting in Maine

Firearm Turkey Hunting

  • Resident Firearm:
    • License: Resident Hunting (Res Hunt) - $26 or Resident Small Game Hunting (Res Small Game Hunt) - $15
    • Permit: Spring/Fall Turkey Permit - $20
  • Nonresident Firearm:
    • License: Nonresident Hunting (NR Hunt) - $115 or Nonresident Small Game Hunting (NR Small Game Hunt) - $75
    • Permit: Spring/Fall Turkey Permit - $20

Archery Turkey Hunting

  • Resident Archery:
    • License: Resident Archery (Res Archery) - $26
    • Permit: Spring/Fall Turkey Permit - $20
  • Nonresident Archery:
    • License: Nonresident Archery (NR Archery) - $75 or Nonresident 6-day Archery - $26
    • Permit: Spring/Fall Turkey Permit - $20

Crossbow Turkey Hunting

  • Resident Crossbow:
    • License(s): Resident Hunting (Res Hunt) - $26 or Resident Archery (Res Archery) - $26
    • Permits: Resident Crossbow Hunt - $26 + Spring/Fall Turkey Permit - $20
  • Nonresident Crossbow:
    • License(s): Nonresident Hunting (NR Hunt) - $115 or Nonresident Archery (NR Archery) - $75 or 6-day Nonresident Archery - $26
    • Permits: Nonresident Crossbow Hunt - $56 + Spring/Fall Turkey Permit - $20 (valid for the full season)

When planning for wild turkey hunting in Maine, it's important for hunters to acquire the necessary licenses and permits for their chosen method of hunting and residency status. The Spring/Fall Turkey Permit is essential for those aiming to hunt turkeys regardless of the hunting tool used. Ensure to verify the current season dates and regulations before hunting.

Licensing and Permitting for Migratory Waterfowl Hunting in Maine

Firearm Waterfowl Hunting for Residents

  • Resident License Options:
    • Resident Hunting (Res Hunt) - $26
    • Resident Small Game Hunting (Res Small Game Hunt) - $15
  • Required Permits for Residents:
    • State Migratory Waterfowl Permit - $7.50 (available online at Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife or at licensing agents)
    • Federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp (Duck Stamp) - $25.00 (available at local post offices)

Firearm Waterfowl Hunting for Nonresidents

  • Nonresident License Options:
    • Nonresident Hunting (NR Hunt) - $115
    • Nonresident Small Game Hunting (NR Small Game Hunt) - $75
    • 3-Day Nonresident Small Game - $50
  • Required Permits for Nonresidents:
    • State Migratory Waterfowl Permit (purchasable as per resident requirements)
    • Federal Duck Stamp (as per resident requirements)

For migratory waterfowl hunting in Maine, all hunters must procure both the state and federal permits/stamps along with their hunting license. It's crucial for hunters to have these permits on hand while hunting as they are legal proof of contributing to waterfowl conservation efforts and being in compliance with relevant game laws. Always ensure all documentation is current and valid for the season to engage in waterfowl hunting legally.

Licensing for Hunting Ruffed Grouse, Bobwhite Quail, Woodcock, Snowshoe Hare, Skunk, and Opossum in Maine

Firearm Hunting for Specified Species

Residents

  • License Options:
    • Resident Hunting (Res Hunt) - $26
    • Resident Small Game Hunting (Res Small Game Hunt) - $15
  • Permits: Not required for the listed species.

Nonresidents

  • License Options:
    • Nonresident Hunting (NR Hunt) - $115
    • Nonresident Small Game Hunting (NR Small Game Hunt) - $75
    • 3-Day Nonresident Small Game - $50
  • Permits: Not required for the listed species.

For residents and nonresidents wishing to hunt ruffed grouse, bobwhite quail, woodcock, snowshoe hare, skunk, and opossum in Maine, acquiring the appropriate hunting or small game hunting license is necessary. No additional specific permits are required for these species. Hunters should ensure they carry their licenses while engaged in hunting activities to comply with state regulations.

Licensing and Permitting for Pheasant Hunting in Maine

Firearm Hunting for Pheasants

Residents

  • License Options:
    • Resident Hunting (Res Hunt) - $26
    • Resident Small Game Hunting (Res Small Game Hunt) - $15
  • Permit: Pheasant Permit - $27 (Required for hunting pheasants in York and Cumberland Counties)

Nonresidents

  • License Options:
    • Nonresident Hunting (NR Hunt) - $115
    • Nonresident Small Game Hunting (NR Small Game Hunt) - $75
    • 3-Day Nonresident Small Game - $50
  • Permit: Pheasant Permit - $27 (Same requirement as residents for York and Cumberland Counties)

For those targeting pheasants in Maine, particularly in the York and Cumberland Counties, the Pheasant Permit is mandatory in addition to the standard hunting or small game hunting license. Ensure these permits and licenses are obtained before the hunting excursion to follow the legal hunting protocols of the state.

Licensing and Permitting for Bobcat Hunting in Maine

Bobcat Hunting with Firearms

Residents

  • License: Resident Hunting (Res Hunt) - $26
  • Permit: Dog Training and Hunting Permit* - $12 (Required if using a dog to hunt for bobcat)

Nonresidents

  • License: Nonresident Hunting (NR Hunt) - $115
  • Permit: Dog Training and Hunting Permit* - $12 (Required if using a dog to hunt for bobcat)

*The Dog Training and Hunting Permit is a necessity for those hunters who utilize dogs for tracking and hunting bobcats and fox in Maine. It's important to secure this permit alongside the appropriate hunting license before engaging in hunting activities involving the use of hunting dogs.

Licensing and Permitting for Coyote Hunting in Maine

Coyote Hunting with Firearms

Residents

  • License Options:
    • Resident Hunting (Res Hunt) - $26
    • Resident Small Game Hunting (Res Small Game Hunt) - $15
  • Permits:
    • Coyote Night Hunting Permit - $4 (Required for night hunting during the Night Hunting Season)
    • Dog Training and Hunting Permit* - $12 (If using a dog for hunting coyotes)

Nonresidents

  • License Options:
    • Nonresident Hunting (NR Hunt) - $115
    • Nonresident Small Game Hunting (NR Small Game Hunt) - $75
    • 3-Day Nonresident Small Game - $50
  • Permits:
    • Coyote Night Hunting Permit - $4 (Same requirement as residents for night hunting)
    • Dog Training and Hunting Permit* - $12 (If using a dog as residents)

*The Dog Training and Hunting Permit applies to hunters employing dogs in the pursuit of coyotes. Both residents and nonresidents must obtain this permit if they choose to hunt coyotes using dogs. Additionally, coyote hunters interested in night hunting must acquire the Coyote Night Hunting Permit. Compliance with these regulations is necessary to hunt coyotes legally in Maine.

Licensing and Permitting for Raccoon Hunting in Maine

Raccoon Hunting with Firearms

Residents

  • License: Resident Hunting (Res Hunt) - $26
  • Permit: Dog Training and Hunting Permit* - $12 (Required if using a dog to train or hunt for raccoon)

Nonresidents

  • License: Nonresident Hunting (NR Hunt) - $115
  • Permit: Dog Training and Hunting Permit* - $12 (Similar requirement as residents if using a dog for raccoon)

*For hunters who utilize dogs during their raccoon hunting or training activities, the acquisition of a Dog Training and Hunting Permit is mandatory. Whether you're a resident or a nonresident, this additional permit is essential when dogs are part of your hunting practice. Always ensure compliance with state hunting regulations by securing the necessary permits along with your hunting license before the hunting season commences.

Licensing and Permitting for Fox Hunting in Maine

Fox Hunting with Firearms

Residents

  • License Options:
    • Resident Hunting (Res Hunt) - $26
    • Resident Small Game Hunting (Res Small Game Hunt) - $15
  • Permit: Dog Training and Hunting Permit* - $12 (Required for hunters training or hunting fox with dogs)

Nonresidents

  • License Options:
    • Nonresident Hunting (NR Hunt) - $115
    • Nonresident Small Game Hunting (NR Small Game Hunt) - $75
    • 3-Day Nonresident Small Game - $50
  • Permit: Dog Training and Hunting Permit* - $12 (Similar requirement as residents if using dogs for fox hunting)

*Exemption: Individuals training or hunting with a dog under the direct supervision and in the physical presence of a registered Maine hunting guide with a valid Dog Training and Hunting Permit do not need to possess their own permit.

Please note, pricing mentioned does not account for agent fees. Additionally, failure to pay fees or incidents of insufficient funds can lead to the revocation of all licenses and permits by the commissioner, who may also seek to recover the owed fees.

Hunters using dogs for fox hunting should be fully aware of the licensing and permitting requirements. It's imperative to secure the necessary documents and be aware of any exemptions that may apply, especially when accompanied by a registered Maine hunting guide. For further details on hunting with dogs and associated permit needs, visit the relevant informational resources provided by the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife.

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