Deer Hunting in Maine

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  • C
  • 220,000

    Est. Whitetail Population

  • 130,000

    No. Licenses Sold Annually

  • $26 and Up

    Additional deer permits range from $12-32

    Resident hunting license and deer permit

  • $75-115

    Nonresident archery licenses are $75; nonresident gun licenses are $115

    Non-resident hunting license and deer permit

  • 193 2/8"

    Taken by Ronnie Cox in Aroostook County in 1965 and is currently ranked 77th.

    Record B&C Typical Stat

  • 114

    Total B&C Typical Entries

  • 259"

    Taken by Hill Gould in Washington County in 1910 and currently ranks 51st.

    Record B&C Non-Typical Stat

  • 46

    Record B&C Non-Typical Entries

Maine is home to some nice deer hunting. (Fotorequest photo)

Season Dates (2019):

Archery runs October 5 to November 3. Youth deer day falls on October 26. Resident-only day is November 2. Firearms season is November 4 to 30. Muzzleloader is December 2 to 7 and December 9 to 14 (designated areas only, check hunting guide). Lastly, the expanded archery season lasts from September 7 to December 14 (permit only, in designated areas only, check hunting guide). These are the dates set when published. Please check the state DNR's website to confirm.

The Grade: C

Maine’s herd took a hard hit during the winter of 2008-09, but numbers have been on a slow and steady increase since then. Recent mild winters and good mast crops were just what the deer needed to continue increasing their numbers.

In an effort to increase deer numbers in the state, the MDIFW has limited most hunters in the state to one antlered deer per season. If you want to take an extra deer, check into some of the WMD’s that offer additional deer or even antlerless deer permits by lottery draw.

While the northern Big Woods automatically comes to mind when most people think Maine hunting, the southern counties continue to hold higher deer numbers.

Antler Nation Knowledge:

While you won’t get to take a high number of deer in Maine, you might still fill your freezer with a true northern-woods giant. Mature bucks in the area tip the scales at 300-plus pounds on a regular basis, something southern hunters rarely, if ever, get to see.

Also, a fairly new rule from two seasons ago allows out-of-state college students attending college in Maine to pay resident fees when obtaining their hunting licenses. When it comes to allowing Sunday hunting, Maine is still a holdout, so plan your trips accordingly when you schedule your hunting trip.

Maine Harvests

  • Chris King

    Sangerville, Maine

  • Henry Passerini

    Kahoka, Maine

From the Realtree Trophy Den