For many, fall means suiting up in “blaze” orange for hunting season. Dates vary for deer, fowl and moose, but all require state licenses. The cost for a deer hunting, crossbow hunting or archery hunting license is $25. A junior license for young hunters between the ages of 10 and 15 is $7. Turkey hunting license is $20. Call your town hall for information or visit maine.gov/ifw/licenses_permits/#tabs 4.
Wherever and whatever you’re hunting, safety for hikers and other hunters should be a priority. Wearing two articles of clothing of hunter orange is required for all firearm hunting, with one piece covering “a major portion of the torso,” according to 2011-12 Maine state hunting laws and regulations.
Even hikers and dog-walkers venturing in or near wooded areas during hunting season should wear hunter, or blaze, orange; it’s an easy way to separate yourself from the animals. Dogs can sport an orange sweater or brightly colored T-shirt to keep them safe in the woods.
Blue Hill Public Library offers hunter safety courses on October 7 at 6 p.m. and October 12 at 9 a.m. Call 374-5515 or visit the Events Calendar at bhpl.net to register.
Here are the dates, rules and regulations. These may vary slightly from one Wild Management District (WMD) to the next; visit eregulations.com/hunting for details.
2013 Hunting Season
Deer: Bag limit, one yearly
Maine residents only, Nov. 2; youth deer day, Oct. 26; firearms, Nov. 4-Nov. 30; archery, Oct. 3-Nov. 1; expanded archery, Sep. 7-Dec. 14; muzzleloader only, Dec. 2-Dec. 7; muzzleloader WMDs 12, 13, 15-18, 20-26, 29, Dec. 9- Dec. 14.
Moose: Bag limit, one yearly by permitted hunter
Maine residents only, Nov. 2; WMD 26 (inland Hancock County), Nov. 4-Nov. 30; other WMDs, check eregulations.com/hunting.
Wild Turkey: Bag limit, one
Zone 1: WMDs 12, 15-18, 20, 26, archery only, Oct. 12-Oct. 26. Zone 2: WMDs 21-25, archery only, Oct. 3-Nov. 1. Zone 3: WMDs 15-17, 20-26, archery & shotgun, Oct. 19-Oct. 25.
Waterfowl: See maine.gov/ifw/hunting_trapping/laws/mig_birdlaws.htm.
Open Registration Stations
Deer & Turkeys—Mike’s Market II, Blue Hill, 374-9290; C&G Grocery, Sedgwick, 326-9311; Northern Bay Market, Penobscot, 326-8606; Surry Store, Surry, 667-6644. Deer only—Brooklin General Store, 359-8817. Moose—Brian Tripp, Sedgwick, 557-0936; Eastbrook Variety Store, Eastbrook, 565-0981.