Interested in hunting in Maine? Whether you’re coming specifically to hunt, or just hope to spend a morning on the chase during your visit, here’s what you need to know to have a safe, legal, and successful hunt in the Pine Tree State.
Before you get started, make sure to register for your hunting permit here.
As there are so many different types of game, hunting in Maine is almost “Open Season” all year long. Some of our most popular game includes
The Maine Department of Fisheries and Wildlife offers an annual chart with season dates and bag limits information, available here. Please note that hunting on Sundays is illegal in Maine, no matter the game or season (the small exception to this are commercial shooting areas).
If you’re a visitor, we highly recommend hiring a registered guide for hunting in Maine. These guides are usually self-employed small business owners who truly know Maine and its game inside and out. They can ensure you hunt in the best locations, have the equipment you need, and operate within the laws of the state.
Find more information on guides here.
Hunters are also encouraged to follow basic safety guidelines, such as ensuring your clothing and gear is in working order, remaining aware of your surroundings at all times, and practicing responsible firearm handling.
Maine Game Wardens are also quick to point out that if you are turkey hunting, only use gobble calls to initially locate a tom, not attract one, lest another hunter think that you are the tom.
You can find a more detailed list of safety precautions for hunting in Maine, as well as other outdoor activities, here.
The Maine Department of Fisheries and Wildlife asks that all hunters follow the “TAB-K” gun safety method.
Hunters should always
T = Treat every firearm like it is loaded.
A = Always point the muzzle in a safe direction.
B = Be certain of your target (and what’s behind it).
K = Keep your finger outside the trigger guard until you are ready to shoot.
The department also reminds Maine hunters of these general laws:
Wild animals and wild birds may be hunted only by the use of rifles, handguns, shotguns (not larger than 10-gauge), hand-held bow and arrow, crossbow or by falconry. Laser sights (red dots or beam) for firearms and bows are legal.
Remember to wait until you are onsite to load your firearms and always unload them before you head home.
Hunting Supply Stores
These are the notable gun and hunting supplies stories throughout the Kennebec Valley For a list of stores throughout the state, please click here.
HAWK N HORN MODERN & MUZZLELOAD
452 Pond Rd
West Gardiner, Maine 04345
Phone: (207) 582-6029
HUSSEYS GENERAL STORE
510 Ridge Rd
Windsor, ME 04363
Phone: (207) 445-2511
INDIAN HILL TRADING POST
148 Moosehead Lake Rd
JIM'S GUN SHOP
53 Bay St
Waterville, ME 04901
Phone: (207) 872-9481
JIMI'S TRADING CENTER
640 Congress St
Portland, Maine 04101
Phone: (207) 879-2800
51 Cony Rd
Augusta, Maine 04330
Phone: (207) 622-1157
Ketchum's Gun Shop
82 Back Road
Skowhegan, ME 04976
Phone: (207) 474-0703
Hunters have few options when in Maine. They can choose to visit a commercial shooting area or a more traditional outdoor park.
A commercial shooting area is licensed by the State of Maine and allows the hunting of mallard ducks, pheasant, quail and Chukar partridge only. Hunting is allowed year round, including Sundays.
For hunting in the valley, you can contact:
Kennebec Valley Game Club
558 Skowhegan Road
Norridgewock, ME 04957
Telephone: (207) 474-7338
For commercial shooting areas in other parts of the state, click here.
For more “wild” hunting, consider heading up to Vassalboro, known to have the best deer in the state, or use one of the many local hunting lodges as a base camp for you adventure.