Here’s your legal shooting times for deer hunting

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. The hunting hours are at the end of this piece.

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

  • 6:03-6:45 6:44-5:53 6:23-4:26
  • 6:05-6:43 6:45-5:52 6:24-4:25
  • 6:06-6:42 6:46-5:51 6:25-4:25
  • 6:07-6:40 6:48-5:49 6:26-4:25
  • 6:08-6:38 5:49-4:48 6:27-4:25
  • 6:10-6:36 5:50-4:47 6:28-4:24
  • 6:11-6:34 5:52-4:45 6:29-4:24
  • 6:12-6:32 5:53-4:44 6:30-4:24
  • 6:13-6:31 5:55-4:43 6:31-4:24
  • 6:15-6:29 5:56-4:42 6:32-4:24
  • 6:16-6:27 5:57-4:41 6:33-4:24
  • 6:17-6:25 5:59-4:40 6:34-4:24
  • 6:18-6:24 6:00-4:39 6:34-4:24
  • 6:20-6:22 6:01-4:38 6:35-4:25
  • 6:21-6:20 6:03-4:37 6:36-4:25
  • 6:22-6:18 6:04-4:36 6:37-4:25
  • 6:24-6:17 6:05-4:35 6:37-4:25
  • 6:25-6:15 6:07-4:34 6:38-4:26
  • 6:26-6:13 6:08-4:33 6:39-4:26
  • 6:28-6:12 6:09-4:32 6:39-4:27
  • 6:29-6:10 6:11-4:31 6:40-4:27
  • 6:30-6:08 6:12-4:31 6:40-4:28
  • 6:31-6:07 6:13-4:30 6:41-4:28
  • 6:33-6:05 6:14-4:29 6:41-4:29
  • 6:34-6:04 6:16-4:29 6:41-4:29
  • 6:35-6:02 6:17-4:28 6:42-4:30
  • 6:37-6:01 6:18-4:27 6:42-4:31
  • 6:38-5:59 6:19-4:27 6:42-4:32
  • 6:40-5:58 6:21-4:26 6:42-4:32
  • 6:41-5:56 6:22-4:26 6:43-4:33
  • 6:42-5:55            6:43-4:34

Compliments of State Representative RUSSELL BLACK

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

George Smith

About George Smith

George stepped down at the end of 2010 after 18 years as the executive director of the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine to write full time. He writes a weekly editorial page column in the Kennebec Journal and Waterville Morning Sentinel, a weekly travel column in those same newspapers (with his wife Linda), monthly columns in The Maine Sportsman magazine, two outdoor news blogs (one on his website, georgesmithmaine.com, and one on the website of the Bangor Daily News), and special columns for many publications and newsletters. Islandport Press published a book of George's favorite columns, "A Life Lived Outdoors" in 2014. In 2014, George also won a Maine Press Association award for writing the state's bet sports blog. In 2016, Down East Books published George's book, Maine Sporting Camps, and Islandport Press published George and his wife Linda's travel book, Take It From ME, about their favorite Maine inns and restaurants.