Maine Hunting News

New Law Prohibits Future Ownership of Wolf Hybrids in Maine

The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife and the Maine Department of Agriculture are reminding owners that there are new laws in place regarding the possession of wolf hybrids.

Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Urges Bear Hunters to Use Caution

New 2011 requirement for bear age survey also explained

The start of bear season in Maine is an exciting time for hunters because it traditionally is the start of the fall hunting season.

The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife urges hunters to err on the side of caution as black bear hunting season opens the day after Tropical Storm Irene blasted through the state.

Maine Antlerless Permit Deadline August 15th

The deadline is fast approaching for online applications for the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife’s Any-Deer (Antlerless) Permit Lottery.

Applications are due by 11:59 p.m. on Monday, August 15. It is free to apply for the any-deer permit lottery. The drawing will be held on September 9.

Maine Working on Improvements to Moose Lottery and Deer Management

Significant changes to the state's moose lottery and efforts to implement key components of Maine's Game Plan for Deer are accomplishments being heralded by Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Commissioner Chandler Woodcock as the legislative session ends.

The department aggressively examined the Moose Permit Lottery due to the concerns and complaints heard over the past years. Commissioner Woodcock made it one of his first priorities in the new administration.

Maine Moose Lottery - Sat. June 18th

The 2011 Maine Moose Permit Lottery Will take place Saturday, June 18, at Cabela's in Scarborough. The public and media are encouraged to attend.

Cabela's is planning a full day of activities starting at 10 a.m., including moose hunting tips, a pre-season scouting report and a barbeque contest. For kids, the Maine Bowhunters Association will have a youth archery range, Bryant Pond 4-H Camp will demonstrate primitive fire making and give tips on how to make moose calls, and ATV Maine will offer youth ATV riding and safety tips.

Maine Free Fishing Weekend - June 4-5

The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife's annual spring Family Free Fishing Days are coming up on June 4-5.

Maine Spring Turkey Season is Now Open

Spring wild turkey hunting season began Saturday, April 30, with the traditional Youth Day and commenced Monday, May 2, for all licensed hunters with permits.

A notable addition to this spring's hunt is two wildlife management districts in the Downeast area. WMDs 19 and 28 are open to spring wild turkey hunting, but will not be open during the fall hunt.

Maine Considers Decreasing Antlerless Deer Permits

The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife is proposing a reduction in antlerless deer permit allocation numbers for this fall's hunting season as part of its ongoing efforts to manage deer herd numbers statewide.

Maine 2010 Deer Season Sees 11% Increase

Preliminary deer harvest numbers show an increase of 11 percent from the 2009 harvest with an initial tally of 20,063 deer taken by hunters.

In 2009, 18,092 deer were harvested.

"The winter of 2010 ranked as one of the mildest winters in the past 60 years, a stark contrast to the terrible back-to-back winters of 2008 and 2009," according to MDIF&W Deer Biologist Lee Kantar. "The 2010 winter certainly provided a much-needed break to deer and explains much of the increase in the 2010 harvest."

5 Maine Residents Charged in One of Largest Poaching Cases in Pennsylvania History

Following a six-month investigation by the Pennsylvania Game Commission and Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, five residents of Maine – four adults and a 17-year-old juvenile – were charged with more than 250 counts of violating the Game and Wildlife Code and the Crimes Code in the one of the largest wildlife crime sprees ever detected in the Commonwealth's history.