Maine Hunting News

Maine Taken Off Critical Habitat List for Lynx
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced yesterday that they have revised their proposed Critical Habitat designation for lynx, removing all lands in Maine from the designation.
Maine Deer Hunting Season Opens Saturday
As deer hunters ready for opening day, hunters will find the most deer in the southern and central areas of the state, but some of the biggest deer in Western, Northern and Eastern Maine. The regular firearm season for deer opens on Saturday, October 28 for residents, and Monday, October 30 for nonresidents. The Firearms Season for deer concludes on Saturday, November 25.
Maine IFW Served With Lawsuit
The Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife confirmed that it has been served with a lawsuit Thursday that seeks to effectively ban all trapping in Maine.
Maine Second Half of Moose Season Begins Today
The second week of the split season begins on Monday, October 9 in the northern two-thirds of the state.
Maine Moose Season Begins Monday
Moose hunters get their chance at a trophy starting on Monday, September 25. The first week of the two-week moose hunting season begins Monday in northern and eastern parts of the state. The second week of the split season begins on Monday, October 9 in the northern two-thirds of the state.
Maine Any Deer Permit Drawing Is September 8
September 8th marks the date for this year's Any Deer permit drawing, and results from the any deer drawing will be posted by 3:00 pm on the department’s website at There are 67,725 permits available.
Sixty Alternate Moose Hunters Get Permits
60 moose hunters who thought they missed out on this year’s hunt will receive some good news as they will be notified that they have been selected for a permit in the 2006 Moose Hunt.
Moose Lottery Is June 15
The annual lottery attracts hundreds of hopeful hunters, anxious to see if they will be one of 2,895 selected from a pool of over 70,000 people who will get the chance at the hunt of a lifetime.
Commissioner To Convene Aroostook County Turkey Group
Commissioner Roland D. Martin announced today that the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife will create a stakeholders group that will assist the department in developing a strategic plan for the continued release of wild turkeys into southern Aroostook County.
IFW’s- Lands Management Program Background
Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife (MDIFW) holds title to approximately 106,000 acres. Most of these lands were purchased with Pittman-Robertson funds (generated from the federal tax on the sale of firearms-related equipment), other federal matching funds, Maine citizen approved bond monies, gifts, Maine State Lottery Outdoor Heritage Fund dollars and North Atlantic Wetland Conservation Act Grants.