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Hunting in Maine: 3 Things to Know Before Applying for a Hunting Permit for Adults

By    |   Monday, 25 May 2015 05:49 PM

Maine, the Pine Tree State, is a very popular place for hunting. From its deeply wooded lands, to its many lakes and coastal areas, Maine offers the best of every type of game. As with other states, Maine has very strict rules on issuing permits, but they are in place to ensure the safety of hunters and other recreational users.

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Here are three important things for adults to know before applying for a hunting permit in Maine:

1. Hunter Safety Course

All applicants for a hunting permit in Maine must successfully complete the mandatory hunter safety course. This course covers all aspects of firearm use, safe transport of weaponry, hunting ethics, wildlife conservation, marksmanship, and good hunting practice. If you intend also to use a crossbow, a firearm, trap, or use a bow and arrow, all adults must first complete the course.

2. Residency License
All residents of Maine are entitled to apply for a hunting permit at a much reduced cost than that of non-residents. Also, the Maine resident hunter may apply for a “Superpack License,” which for one single fee gives the holder access to all hunting in the state, including night-hunting. All hunting rules regarding quota and bag limit must be obeyed by “Superpack” holders.

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To qualify as a resident of Maine for the purposes of applying for a hunting license, a hunter must be registered to vote in Maine, be the holder of a Maine drivers license, be a citizen of the United States or domiciled there for more than a year, and if a car owner, have registered the vehicle in the state of Maine. All hunters must apply for the non-resident's license if they don’t satisfy the requirements.

3. Complimentary License
The state of Maine operates a system of complimentary licence granting if the applicant can satisfy the necessary criteria. The licenses are free of charge to the hunter, but don’t include entry into the state lottery for hunting of moose and deer. Adults who may apply the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife for such licenses are disabled veterans who are more than 50 percent incapacitated, a person who satisfies the criteria of being developmentally disabled, those with an acquired brain injury, a person aged over 70, a paraplegic, and those from the Native American tribes in the state.

This article is for information only. Please check current regulations before hunting.

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