Maine Winter Hunting Opportunities

Targeting a new species is an exciting challenge to learn something new, an opportunity to spend more time outside, create memories with friends and family, and to secure delicious table fare. Here are a few hunting opportunities to try:

Snowshoe Hare
One of the enjoyable aspects of hunting in the winter is the ability to easily see fresh animal tracks in the snow! Grab a pair of snowshoes and hire a guide, who may have a trained dog, for an enjoyable winter hunt, or try to find hare located in brushy areas and softwoods stands.

Snowshoe hare season is September 24, 2022 – March 31, 2023 in all Wildlife Management Districts with the exception of Vinalhaven Island, Knox County which has a season end date of February 28, 2023.

Predators
Maine predator seasons are long providing hunters ample opportunity. Calling is a popular tactic for luring in wary predators. Many seek the help from a registered Maine guide where bobcats are typically hunted using hounds.

Season Dates:
Bobcat: December 1, 2022 – February 21, 2023
Fox: October 17, 2022 – February 28, 2023
Coyote Night Hunt: December 16, 2022 – August 31, 2023
Coyote Day Hunt: Year round

Shed hunting
This may not be the “hunting” we normally talk about, but shed hunting is a great way for hunters to stay active, learn how deer and moose habits change throughout the year, and scout for upcoming seasons. Did we mention it is also an excellent workout?