Legal hours for deer hunting

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Representative Russell Black provided me with a handout he published and distributed to hunters in his district around Wilton. It is a very helpful guide to legal hunting hours, so I want to share it with you today.

 

 

 

2017 MAINE HUNTING REGULATIONS SUMMARY

This is not a legal presentation. Please see the hunting law booklet for full details. **Hunting on Sundays is prohibited.


DEER

 

FIRST DAY

LAST DAY

 

Firearms Season

Oct. 30

Nov. 25

 

 

Maine Resident Only Day

Oct. 28

 

 

 

Youth Deer Day

Oct. 21

 

 

 

Archery

Sept. 28

Oct. 27

 

 

Muzzleloader statewide  (all WMD’s)

Nov. 27

Dec. 2

 

 

Muzzleloader WMD’s  12, 13, 15-18, 20-26, 29

Dec. 4

Dec. 9

 

 

Expanded Archery  (designated areas only)

Sept. 9

Dec. 9

 

             

BASIC LIMITS    1 Deer Per Year (see exception below)

Only deer with antlers at least three inches long may be taken from Oct. 28 – Dec. 9, except that any deer may be taken in designated wildlife management districts 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 WMD’s where no any-deer permits are issues, it is bucks only for youth hunters on youth deer day and also bucks only for archers during the archery season on deer.

BEAR

FIRST DAY

LAST DAY

General Hunting Season

Aug. 28

Nov. 25

Hunting with Dogs

Sept. 11

Oct. 27

Hunting with Bait

Youth Bear Day - Aug. 26

     NOTE: Bait can be placed July 30

        LIMIT: 2 Bear Per Year, 1 by hunting, 1 by trapping

Aug. 28

Sept. 23

MOOSE (by permit only)                          FIRST DAY

LAST DAY

                                                                Multiple Dates See IFW Website

WILD TURKEY

 

FIRST DAY

LAST DAY

Fall Season (bow & arrow or shotgun)

Zone 1: WMD’s  15, 16, 17, 20-25 & 28                Oct. 2      Nov. 7 Zone 2: WMD’s  10-13, 18, 19, 26, 27 & 29                   Oct. 2      Nov. 7

Zone 3: WMD’s  1-9, 14                                             Closed to Fall Hunting.

LIMITS

Zone 1 – 2 Wild Turkeys either sex, any age; Zone 2 – 1 Wild Turkey either sex, any age.

 

RUFFED GROUSE, BOBWHITE 

QUAIL & PHEASANT Oct. 2 Dec. 31 SNOWSHOE HARE       Oct. 2             Mar. 31

GRAY SQUIRREL         Oct. 2 Dec. 31 RACCOON                        Oct. 2 Dec. 31

SKUNK, OPOSSUM     Oct. 15 Dec. 31

FOX               Oct. 15          Feb. 28 BOBCAT     Dec. 1            Feb. 21

COYOTE NIGHT HUNT            Dec. 16                                             Aug. 31

WOODCOCK See IFW website

COYOTE, WOODCHUCK, PORCUPINE, 

RED SQUIRREL No closed season for hunting

Compliments of State Representative RUSSELL BLACK

491-4667 or email me at russellblack@juno.com

LEGAL HUNTING HOURS

(½ HOUR BEFORE SUNRISE TO ½ HOUR AFTER SUNSET) Exceptions: Racoon, Coyote, and Migratory Bird Hunting

(see separate legal hunting hours for these species) **Hunting On Sundays Is Prohibited.

DAY            OCTOBER      NOVEMBER DECEMBER

1                                   6:03-6:45 6:44-5:53          6:23-4:26

2                                   6:05-6:43 6:45-5:52          6:24-4:25

3                                   6:06-6:42 6:46-5:51          6:25-4:25

4                                   6:07-6:40 6:48-5:49          6:26-4:25

5                                   6:08-6:38 5:49-4:48          6:27-4:25

6                                   6:10-6:36 5:50-4:47          6:28-4:24

7                                   6:11-6:34 5:52-4:45          6:29-4:24            

8                                   6:12-6:32 5:53-4:44          6:30-4:24

9                                   6:13-6:31 5:55-4:43          6:31-4:24

10                                6:15-6:29 5:56-4:42          6:32-4:24

11                                6:16-6:27 5:57-4:41          6:33-4:24

12                                6:17-6:25 5:59-4:40          6:34-4:24

13                                6:18-6:24 6:00-4:39          6:34-4:24

14                                6:20-6:22 6:01-4:38          6:35-4:25

15                                6:21-6:20 6:03-4:37          6:36-4:25

16                                6:22-6:18 6:04-4:36          6:37-4:25

17                                6:24-6:17 6:05-4:35          6:37-4:25

18                                6:25-6:15 6:07-4:34          6:38-4:26

19                                6:26-6:13 6:08-4:33          6:39-4:26

20                                6:28-6:12 6:09-4:32          6:39-4:27

21                                6:29-6:10 6:11-4:31          6:40-4:27

22                                6:30-6:08 6:12-4:31          6:40-4:28

23                                6:31-6:07 6:13-4:30          6:41-4:28

24                                6:33-6:05 6:14-4:29          6:41-4:29

25                                6:34-6:04 6:16-4:29          6:41-4:29

26                                6:35-6:02 6:17-4:28          6:42-4:30

27                                6:37-6:01 6:18-4:27          6:42-4:31

28                                6:38-5:59 6:19-4:27          6:42-4:32

29                                6:40-5:58 6:21-4:26          6:42-4:32

30                                6:41-5:56 6:22-4:26          6:43-4:33

31                                6:42-5:55             6:43-4:34