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Hunting in Maine: 4 Animals To Hunt in the Fall

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Fall is a beautiful and bountiful time of year for hunting in Maine. Hunters can shoot everything from big game to tasty birds to target practice fare like small critters. Here are details on four animals to hunt in Maine during the autumn months.

1. Deer
The firearms season for deer hunting in Maine will get off with a bang this year on Nov. 2 and go on through Nov. 28, the Saturday after Thanksgiving. A week-long muzzleloader season will follow, according to the State of Maine’s tentative hunting schedule for 2015.

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The designated archery season for deer happens in October. There is also an expanded archery season, scheduled for availability in certain geographic areas from mid-September to mid-December. Youth Deer Day, for those ages 10 to 16 with junior hunting licenses, is set for Oct. 24 this year.

Maine’s basic rule is one deer per hunter per year, although additional deer may be taken in some Wildlife Management Districts (WMDs), notes The Maine Way website. Extra deer may also be harvested by hunters participating in the expanded archery season as well as by anyone buying a bonus or superpack antlerless deer permit.

2. Moose
Moose hunting in Maine requires not just a regular hunter license but a special moose permit. The permit is only obtainable through a lottery drawing. For winners of the drawing, the state imposes a limit of one moose per year. This moose can be harvested by either the permitee or a sub-permittee, or member of the same hunting band. Although Maine’s final fall hunting schedule won’t be available until August, the state has tentatively set up a number of moose hunting dates during October in various WMDs.

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3. Wild Turkey
The Pine Tree State traditionally designates two seasons each year for wild turkey hunting. From early May through early June, spring hunters can wield a choice of shotgun, bow and arrow, or crossbow against bearded turkeys, which are older male birds. For the month of October, fall hunters are able to pursue wild turkey of either gender and any age with either shotgun or bow and arrow. Daily limits per hunter are one wild turkey in some WMDs and two wild turkeys in other areas.

4. Opossum
This year, the opossum can again be hunted by gun for most of the fall and early winter. The opossum season occurs Oct. 19 through Dec. 31, 2015, according to the state’s tentative schedule. There are no daily bag or possession limits for this nuisance animal. The same hunting dates and rules also apply to the skunk. Like many other animals in Maine, aside from deer and wild turkey, the opossum and skunk can also be shot with a bow and arrow year-round.

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

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