Hunting Licenses

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Who needs a hunting license?

  • Anyone 10 years of age and over must obtain a license to hunt wild birds or wild animals (except Maine resident landowners may hunt without a license on land they own and reside on provided the land exceeds 10 acres in size and is used exclusively for agricultural purposes).
  • Children under 10 years of age are not allowed to hunt.
  • Hunters between the ages of 10 and 15 must possess a junior license.
  • Hunters 16 years of age and over must possess an adult license to hunt. (NOTE: A junior license holder who turns 16 may hunt with that junior license for the remainder of the year, but must complete a hunter safety course prior to hunting without adult supervision.
  • Hunters 16 years of age and over wishing to hunt with bow and arrow during the special or expanded archery seasons must obtain and archery license and the appropriate expanded archery permits.

What are the requirements for obtaining a hunting license?

  • To obtain an adult hunting license, you must show proof of having previously held an adult license to hunt with firearms in any year beginning with 1976 or successful completion of an approved hunter safety course.

    There is an affidavit available for individuals who don't have proof of a previous adult hunting license or completion of a hunter safety course, that can filled out and notorized. See Affidavit.

    Residents must provide proof of residency when applying for a license. Also see Apprenticeship Hunter License.

  • To obtain an adult archery hunting license, you must show proof of having held an adult license to hunt with bow and arrow in any year since 1979 or successful completion of an archery education course.

    There is an affidavit available for individuals who don't have proof of a previous archery license or completion of a archery education course, that can filled out and notorized. See Affidavit.

    Also see Apprenticeship Hunter License.

  • To obtain an adult crossbow hunting license, you must hold a valid license to hunt big game (either a big game hunting license or an archery license). You must show proof of having successfully completed an archery hunting education course and a crossbow hunting course satisfactory evidence of having previously held adult archery and crossbow hunting licenses in this State or any other state, province or country in any year after 1979. When proof or evidence cannot be provided, the applicant may substitute a signed affidavit.

    There is an affidavit available for individuals who don't have proof of a previous crossbow hunting license or completion of a crossbow education course, that can filled out and notorized. See Affidavit.

    Also see Apprenticeship Hunter License.

    A resident or nonresident 10 years of age or older and under 16 years of age may hunt with a crossbow if that person holds a valid junior hunting license (no crossbow license required).

Convicted felons cannot purchase or possess a firearms hunting license (Title 15, sub§393, sub-§§ 1 & 2) unless they have a permit to carry a firearm which may be obtained from the Department of Public Safety - Telephone (207) 624-7210.

It is unlawful to obtain any license or permit through misstatement or misrepresentation or to possess any license or permit which has been altered, mutilated or tampered with in any manner.

What if I don't have a copy of a previous license or have lost my hunter safety certificate?

There is an affidavit available for individuals who don't have proof of either a previous license or completion of a safety course, that can filled out and notorized. See Affidavit - Hunter Safety.

Other hunting license provisions:

You are required to keep your hunting license and any necessary permits with you while hunting or transporting wild birds and wild animals and must show it to any warden, law enforcement officer, Department employee, guide or landowner upon whose land you are hunting if requested.

Any license issued by the Department must be signed prior to use.

Hunting License Fees

Resident Hunting License Fees

(Prices listed below do not include the agent fee.)

Nonresident Hunting Licenses

(Prices listed below do not include the agent fee.)

Alien Hunting License Fees

(Prices listed below do not include the agent fee.)

Other Licenses, Permits and Designations

Expiration: Unless otherwise specifically provided, all licenses expire on December 31st of the calendar year for which they were issued.

Any-Deer Permits: An Any-Deer permit is required to hunt antlerless deer in the State of Maine during the firearm and muzzleloading seasons on deer. Any-Deer permits are drawn in a special lottery drawing. See any-deer for more information.

Apprenticeship Hunter License: An apprentice hunter means a resident or a nonresident 16 years of age or older who has never held a valid adult hunting license in this State, or any other state, province or country, is eligible to obtain an apprentice hunter license. Also, they may obtain an apprentice hunter license without having successfully completed a hunter safety course, but they may not obtain an apprentice hunter license more than twice. The law changed to allow someone to obtain an apprentice hunting license even if they have already held a junior hunting license in the past. An adult supervisor would be responsible for ensuring that the holder of the apprenticeship license follows safe hunting protocol and the laws. "Adult supervisor" for an apprentice hunter means that they must be 18 years of age or older, holds a valid Maine hunting license and must have held a valid hunting license for the prior 3 consecutive years to be qualified to supervise the apprentice hunter. For more information, see Apprenticeship Hunter License.

Apprenticeship Trapping License: An apprentice trapper means a resident or a nonresident 16 years of age or older who has never held a valid adult trapping license in this State, or any other state, province or country, is eligible to obtain an apprentice trapping license. Also, they may obtain an apprentice trapper license without having successfully completed a trapper safety course, but they may not obtain an apprentice trapper license more than twice. The law changed to allow someone to obtain an apprentice trapping license even if they have already held a junior trapping license in the past.An adult supervisor would be responsible for ensuring that the holder of the apprenticeship license follows safe trapping protocol and the laws. "Adult supervisor" for and apprentice trapper means that they must be 18 years of age or older and holds or has held a valid trapping license for the prior 3 consecutive years to be qualified to supervise the apprentice trapper. For more information, see Apprenticeship Trapper License.

Archery License: An archery license permits persons 16 years of age or older to hunt all legal big game and small game with bow and arrow only (see exceptions).

Note: Additional permits may be required depending on the species you plan to hunt.

Bear Hunting Permit: A bear permit is required in addition to a hunting license that allows hunting of big game or an archery license for hunters 16 years of age or older to hunt bear before the opening day of the regular firearm season on deer.

During the firearms season on deer, nonresidents and aliens are required to obtain a November Bear permit (if they do not already possess the early season bear permit) to hunt bear.

November (late season) Bear Hunting Permit: A November late season bear hunting permit is required in addition to a hunting license that allows hunting of big game or an archery license for nonresident and alien hunters 16 years of age or older to hunt bear during the regular firearm season on deer. If a person already possesses a valid bear hunting permit (required for hunting bear before the firearm season on deer), they do not need to purchase the late season bear permit.

Hunting License: A resident hunting license or nonresident big game hunting license permits persons 16 years of age or older to hunt all legal big game and small game with a firearm, muzzleloader, or bow and arrow (see exceptions). Note: Additional permits may be required depending on the species you plan to hunt.

Combination Fishing and Archery License: A combination fishing and archery license permits persons 16 years of age or older to fish in inland waters and permits hunting of all legal big game and small game with bow and arrow only (see exceptions).

Note: Additional permits may be required depending on the species you plan to hunt.

Combination Hunting and Fishing License: A combination hunting and fishing license permits persons 16 years of age or older to fish in inland waters and permits hunting of all legal big game and small game with a firearm, muzzleloader, or bow and arrow (see exceptions).

Note: Additional permits may be required depending on the species you plan to hunt.

Coyote Night Hunting Permit: A coyote night hunting permit is required in adddition to a hunting license that allows hunting of big game or small game for hunters 16 years of age or older to hunt coyote at night from December 16 to August 31.

Hunting under this permit is limited to 1/2 hour after sunset until 1/2 hour before sunrise and shall cease at midnight each Saturday and resume at 12:01 a.m. on Monday.

Hunters must be in possession of an electronic, hand-held, or mouth-operated predator calling device.

Crossbow Hunting License:

  • On September 9, 2013 the Department re-examined the portion of this crossbow law that applies to 70 years of age and older. It was not the intent of the Legislative Committee to repeal this portion of the law.   A person 70 years of age and older MAY continue to hunt with a crossbow for any wild bird or wild animal during any open season on that bird or animal including deer during the expanded archery season, the “October” archery season and the muzzleloading season and wild turkey during the fall season. The crossbow hunting laws pertaining to licensed hunters 70 years of age and older were in place prior to the enactment of P.L. c. 236 and will continue to be honored.
  • Although the law change appears to allow anyone to hunt with a crossbow for any wild bird or wild animal during any open season on that bird or animal while still following all the other laws pertinent to that species, the following exceptions apply:
  • Licensed hunters age 10 - 69 MAY NOT hunt deer during the expanded archery, special October archery or muzzleloading seasons or hunt wild turkey during the fall with a crossbow.
  • The law directs the commissioner to permit the use of a crossbow during the spring open wild turkey hunting season by rule. PLEASE NOTE: At the time of printing there were a number of wild turkey rules in the process.  The final outcome of these will not be known until fall 2013. For the most current information on turkey hunting please visit IF&W’s website: http://www.maine.gov/ifw/hunting_trapping/laws/
DISCLAIMER: Due to the conflict in the law the department has interpreted the meaning of this law to meet the IFW Committee’s intent.  Proposed corrections to the law will be put forth in the 2nd session of the 126th.

Duplicate License: A duplicate license may be obtained from the license agent who issued original license for $2.00.

Expanded Archery Permits: The expanded archery permits (antlered or antlerless) are required for hunters 10 years of age or older in addition to an archery license to hunt deer during the expanded archery season. A hunter may purchase only one expanded archery antlered permit but may purchase unlimited expanded antlerless permits. Exceptions: See Junior Hunting License.

Note: Hunters who have a complimentary license (Disabled Veterans, and Indian), and hunters who have a junior hunting license may hunt during the expanded archery season on deer provided they purchase the appropriate expanded archery permits.

Falconry License: A falconry license is required in addition to a hunting license for a person to engage in falconry. Copies of the regulations pertaining to this type of hunting are available upon request.

Junior Hunting License: A junior hunting license permits persons 10 years of age and under 16 years of age to hunt all legal big game and small game with a firearm, muzzleloader, or bow and arrow. Note: Additional permits may be required depending on the species you plan to hunt.

A junior hunting license includes the following permits: Muzzleloading, Spring/Fall Turkey, Bear, Coyote Night Hunt, Crossbow, and one (1) Expanded Archery Anterless Permit, Migratory Waterfowl Permit and the Pheasant Permit.

A junior hunter who turns 16 years old may continue hunting for the rest of that calendar year with the junior license but must complete the appropriate safety course prior to hunting without adult supervison. A junior hunter who turns 16 and continues hunting with a junior hunting license must purchase a federal migratory waterfowl stamp in order to hunt any migratory waterfowl.

Note: Children under 10 years of age are not allowed to hunt in the State of Maine.

Migratory Waterfowl Permit: A state migratory waterfowl permit is required in addition to a license that allows hunting of big game or small game for hunters 16 years of age or older to hunt migratory waterfowl. (A federal migratory waterfowl stamp is also required.)

Moose Permit: A moose permit is required in addition to a license that allows hunting of big game to hunt moose in the State of Maine. Moose permits are drawn in a special lottery drawing. See moose hunting for more information.

Muzzleloading Permit: A muzzleloading permit is required in addition to a hunting license that allows hunting of big game with a muzzleloader type firearm for hunters 16 years of age or older to hunt deer during the muzzleloading season.

Pheasant Permit: A pheasant permit is required in addition to a hunting license that allows hunting of big game or small game for hunters 16 years of age or older to hunt pheasant in Cumberland and York counties.

Serviceman Licenses:

  • Maine military personnel who are on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces and permanently stationed outside Maine may purchase either a hunting, fishing, or combination hunting and fishing license for $3.00*. Spouse and dependent children who reside with that person may obtain a combination license for $20*, or a hunting or fishing license for $10*, upon proof that their home of record, as recorded in a service record, is Maine. *Plus the agent fee.
  • Anyone serving in the U.S. Armed Forces and permanently stationed at a military base in Maine (includes spouse and dependent children if they permanently reside with that person) may purchase a resident license to hunt, fish, or trap.

Small Game Hunting License: A resident small game hunting license or nonresident small game hunting license permits persons 16 years of age or older to hunt all legal game species except deer, bear, turkey, moose, raccoon and bobcat with a firearm or bow and arrow. The 3-day small game hunting license is valid for 3 consecutive days.

Supersport: A supersport designation may be obtained for a fee of $20.00. See Supersport Program for more information.

Turkey Permits

Turkey Permit (Spring): A spring/fall wild turkey permit is required in addition to a valid hunting license that allows hunting of big game.

Note: A valid archery license in addition to a spring/fall wild turkey permit also permits hunting of wild turkey with bow and arrow. To hunt wild turkey with a crossbow during the spring wild turkey hunting season, a hunting license that allows hunting of big game or an archery license and a crossbow permit are required in addition to the spring/fall wild turkey hunting permit.

Exceptions: See Junior Hunting License. See Wild Turkey Hunting for more information.

Turkey Permit (Fall): A spring/fall wild turkey permit is required in addition to a valid hunting license that allows hunting of big game.

Note: A valid archery license in addition to a spring/fall wild turkey permit also permits hunting of wild turkey with bow and arrow. Only persons 70 years of age and older may hunt with a crossbow with the appropriate licenses.

Exceptions: See Junior Hunting License. See Wild Turkey Hunting for more information.

Exceptions: An archery license is required to hunt during the archery and expanded archery seasons on deer. Also see muzzleloading permit.