Top Maine Hunting Game
Top Maine Hunting Game

Maine is a hunter’s paradise. It’s brimming with all game of all shapes and sizes and the sporting seasons are staggered, so there’s nearly always something to do.

Here’s a list of the most popular Maine hunting game to help you plan your adventure:


Season: last Monday in August through the last Saturday of November.

During the first four weeks of the season, hunters can bait the bears, while the subsequent six weeks allow for the use of hounds. Hunters are allowed to hunt or “stalk” bears for the entirety of the sixteen-week season. Hunters must purchase a permit to pursue bears and are allowed two bears each per season, provided one is hunted and the other is trapped. 

Find out more about hunting bear in Maine here.



  • Expanded Archery: early September through early December.
  • Regular Archery: late September through late October.
  • Firearms: late October through late November.
  • Muzzleloader: late November through early December. 

Deer is one of Maine’s top game prospects simply because we have so many of them. Hunting for deer is an easy initiation into the world of hunting and many families choose to take their children to pursue deer on their first hunting trips. Each hunter is allowed one deer per season.

Find out more about hunting deer in Maine here.



  • Last week of September, WMD's 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 11, and 19.
  • Second week of October, WMD's 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 17, 18, 19, 27, and 28.
  • Third week of October, WMD's 1, 2, 3, 4, and 19.
  • Late October through late November, WMD's 15, 16, 23, 25, and 26.

Some who hunt in Maine are given the opportunity to hunt moose, a majestic and easily recognizable animal. Only holders of a valid moose-hunting permit and their subpermittee may hunt moose in one of twenty-five wildlife management districts (WMD's), covering over 21,000 square miles of Maine countryside.

 There is a limit of 1 moose per permit holder per year. To obtain a proper moose hunt permit, please click here. Typically, only 10% of the allotted permits are given to non-Maine residents. If you win a permit, you may select the WMD of your choice in which to hunt.



  • Wildlife Management Districts 15 - 17, 20 - 25, 28

Early October through Mid-November.
Bag limit: 2 Wild Turkeys, either sex, any age

  • Wildlife Management Districts 10 - 13, 18 - 19, 26, and 29

Early October through Mid-November.
Bag limit: 1 Wild Turkey, either sex, any age 

  • Wildlife Management Districts 7, 9 - 29

Early May though early June.
Bag Limit: 2 bearded Wild Turkeys

  • Wildlife Management District. 8

Early May through early June
Bag Limit: 1 bearded Wild Turkey*

  • Wildlife Management Districts 1 - 6

Early May through early June.
Bag Limit: 1 bearded Wild Turkey*

Turkey is one of Maine’s most popular game items as hunting it is so much fun! Hunting turkey involves lying in wait and luring the bird closer with calls and gobbles. To find out more about hunting wild turkey in Maine, please click here.

Migratory Game Birds

Seasons: nearly year round.

It’s open season on birds in Maine! There are extensive options of birds to choose from, so there is nearly always a bird in season. 

Just to name a few:

  • Brant
  • Canada Goose
  • Crows
  • Ducks
  • Rails
  • Snow Geese
  • Woodcock

Bag limits tend to be minimal, so expect a prosperous hunt. You can find out more about hunting these game birds in Maine, including detailed season dates, here.

You can find out more about hunting in Maine (e.g. locations, hunting supplies stores, safety tips, and more) here. Link to Resources for Hunting in Maine post.

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