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Hunting in Maine: 5 Things To Know Before Applying for a Hunting License for Your Kids

By    |   Monday, 01 Jun 2015 12:10 PM

Kids between ages 10 and 16 must obtain a junior hunting license to hunt in Maine. With a license in hand, a kid may pursue wild game with a firearm, bow or crossbow during open seasons. Here are five things to know before applying for a hunting license for kids in that age group.

1. Adult Supervisors
Junior hunters are allowed to hunt only when accompanied by an adult supervisor at least 18 years of age, according to the Maine Hunting & Trapping Regulations Guide. Unless the adult supervisor is a parent or guardian, the supervisor must either possess a Maine hunting license or have successfully finished a hunter safety education course. The supervisor is responsible for any violations committed by the junior hunter. After turning 16 and passing Maine’s hunter safety education course, kids can hunt without supervision.

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2. Special Hunting Permits
Priced at $7.00, the junior license includes permits for bear, pheasant, coyote night hunting, muzzleloading, and spring and fall turkey. Included, as well, is one expanded archery antlerless deer permit, according to the guide. This allows deer hunting by bow and arrow in Wildlife Management Districts (WMDs), which offer longer than usual archery deer hunting seasons, according to The Maine Way website.

3. Youth Deer Hunting Day
When accompanied by adult supervisors, junior hunters are allowed to participate in Youth Deer Hunting Day, an event taking place on the first Saturday before the residents-only day of the regular deer hunting season. Junior participants are permitted to take one deer of either sex with a firearm, bow and arrow, or crossbow. Supervisors cannot bring hunting weapons along with them.

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4. Youth Spring Wild Turkey Hunting Day
Also when accompanied by a supervisor, a junior hunter can take part in Youth Spring Wild Turkey Hunting Day on the first Saturday before the opening of the spring wild turkey season. Generally, youth hunters are allowed to take up to two bearded turkeys with a shotgun, bow and arrow, or crossbow. However, youth participants cannot take more than the bag limit of the individual WMD.

5. Youth Waterfowl Hunting Days
In 2015, Youth Waterfowl Hunting Days are scheduled for Sept. 20 and Nov. 8 in Maine’s Coastal Zone, Sept. 20 and Oct. 25 in the South Zone, and Sept. 20 and Dec. 13 in the North Zone. Statewide bag limits are six birds daily, according to WhenIsDuckSeason.com.

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

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