Blessed with lots of prime wildlife, big game, vast countryside and woodlands, hunting is an old sport in Maine. Hunters in Maine have a variety of animals to hunt, whether they are interested in the big-time thrills of nabbing Moose, Bear or Deer, or seeking smaller scale wild birds like turkey, quail or geese.
Although most areas of the state offer hunting, the more popular areas are up North. Rangeley, Moosehead, and Katahdin areas attract hunters every year at their many camping and lodging sites. Moose hunting, deer hunting, and bear hunting are very popular in these areas.
Maine is fortunate to have a very healthy population of some the area’s premier game. Maine has the highest black bear population and density in the East with over 35,000 bears. Just as abundant in the state are over 200,000 whitetail deer and 75,000 Moose – the highest aside from Alaska.
If you are planning to take a hunting trip to the Northern Maine woods, keep in mind that Maine has strict hunting laws to consider for your own safety and wildlife preservation purposes. Hiring a Registered Maine Guide would be a great plan for success. Staying overnight in a Maine hunting camp or cabin makes for a great guys’ getaway, a Maine man-cation.
Picture sharing stories around the campfire back at your cabin, a home cooked dinner after a day of hunting in the Maine woods. Maine has hunting resorts and retreats, as well as camp and cabin rentals near prime Maine hunting grounds. A Maine hunting license is required for the entire state with additional licenses needed for archery, muzzle-loading, and bear hunting.
Moose hunting is allowed by Maine’s annual Moose permit only valid in Maine, for example. Hunting hours begin a half hour before sunrise and last until a half hour after sunset. Sunday hunting is illegal in Maine.
Hunting season in Maine is year-round, with restrictions on different species of animals each month, so be sure to check the hunting schedule before heading out into the woods – safe and happy hunting!