Expanded Archery Season on Deer

Expanded Archery Season:

  • September 6, 2014 through December 13, 2014 (designated areas only)

The expanded archery areas were established to provide additional deer hunting opportunities in locations in where deer populations can withstand additional hunting pressure without negatively impacting other existing deer hunting opportunities or human safety. Accordingly, we have identified a number of areas in central and southern Maine which meet these criteria. They include WMD 29, a portion of WMD 24, and nine smaller areas. Most are characterized by intensive residential development interspersed with small woodlots. Much of this area cannot be hunted with firearms due to municipal ordinances banning the discharge of firearms.

The intent of the expanded archery area is to have hunting occur in areas that are not open to firearms hunting due to municipal firearms discharge ordinances. Areas open for the expanded archery season are described below. All are characterized by intensive residential development interspersed with small woodlots. Much of this area cannot be hunted with firearms due to municipal ordinances banning discharge of firearms.

A Cautionary Note: Nearly all land in the expanded archery hunting area is privately owned. Some of it is not deer habitat. Parts of it remain unhuntable due to sanctuaries, municipal ordinances against archery discharge, or simply because individual landowners do not support hunting and/or trespass on their land. We strongly urge all hunters to obtain landowner permission during the expanded archery season. Pre-season scouting is essential to your success. Please hunt ethically. Your behavior while afield may well determine the future of these hunts.

Regulations Summary:

Restricted to designated areas only (see map and descriptions below).

Archery hunting only.

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 antlered permit for $32.00. (The following licenses include one expanded archery antlerless deer permit - junior hunt, disabled veteran, over 70, and Native American.)

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.

Select an area on the map or from the links below to view a map and description of the areas open for the expanded archery season on deer.

Expanded Archery Map

Augusta Area: Parts of the towns of Augusta, 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.

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

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

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, Sidney, 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