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Hunting in Maine: 4 Animals To Hunt Year-Round

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Hunting in Maine includes a patchwork of different hunting seasons for various mammals and birds. It is legal for licensed archers to hunt many critters with a bow and arrow year-round. In contrast, open seasons for firearms vary widely. Here are four animals that licensed hunters may level a gun against in any season.

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1. Red Squirrel
The red squirrel is a different species from the more widely known gray squirrel. The open season for the gray squirrel is limited to Oct. 1 through Dec. 31, according to the state’s hunting schedule for 2015. That’s not true for the red squirrel, which is always in season.

The red squirrel isn’t difficult to pick out. As described by Nature Works, the red squirrel is small with reddish to reddish-gray fur on top and a creamy underside. Its tail isn’t as bushy or as long as the grey squirrel’s tail. The red squirrel’s eyes are outlined in white.

2. Porcupine
If you shoot a porcupine, you might be doing local property owners a favor. Attracted by rubber, salt and wood, porcupines sometimes cause damage such as chewing on telephone lines, brake lines and home siding. They can also kill trees by “girdling” the bark, notes the Philadelphia Inquirer.

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3. Woodchuck
Also known as the groundhog, the woodchuck is known for its burrowing and tunneling. A woodchuck can wreak havoc on homeowners’ carefully planted gardens, said the Humane Society of the United States. This group also gives tips on controlling woodchucks and other nuisance animals as alternatives to killing or relocating the offending critters.

Like a number of other states, however, Maine places no restrictions to licensed hunters shooting woodchucks.

4. Coyote
Coyotes can be big pests, too. In recent years, more coyotes have been setting their fear of humans aside and approaching suburban back yards because of the large amounts of food and garbage they find there, the Humane Society said. Aside from bothering people with their yipping and yapping sounds, coyotes are capable of killing cats and smaller dogs.

For hunters who like a challenge, night hunting of coyote is also allowed in Maine, but only from late December to late August and only with a special permit. During most of the fall, coyote hunting can only be done during regular daylight hunting hours.

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

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