Maine resident firearms hunting season starts October 29

Hopefully you are already making final preparations for one of Maine’s most anticipated seasons, but if not, there’s still time. Maine’s deer hunt offers exciting opportunities from start to finish! Sight in your rifle, scent proof your clothes, do some last minute scouting, and remember, safety first!

Here are a few safety reminders:

Always treat every firearm as if it is loaded
Keep the muzzle pointed in a safe direction at all times
Always carry your firearm in a safe manner
Be sure of your target and beyond
Always tell someone where you are going and when you expect to return
Always have a survival kit and compass, even the most experienced outdoors people can get turned around in the dark

Always be a good land user. Always ask permission before hunting on private property and learn what matters most to the landowner. Keep it clean, legal, and respectful. Don’t forget to label all tree stands and game cameras with your contact information, and ask for permission before putting them on private property (game cameras require written permission). It is up to us, today’s hunters, to help maintain access for generations to come.

Managing Buck Age Structure

Our goal when managing a popular game species is to provide opportunity while ensuring that the population remains healthy, making sure that hunters will always have an opportunity to pursue their passion in Maine. When it comes to deer, we want all hunters to be able to choose to take the deer that best fits their hunting values and the hunting experience that they are looking for; we don’t want to restrict someone’s ability to take the buck they want. We do recognize that a number of Maine’s deer hunters want to see more older bucks, so if you’re a hunter interested in seeing more older bucks in your area, consider letting a young buck walk this year.