Originally published in Compass, October 23, 2014
Deer hunting season opens on November 1
Life will become exciting for those who enjoy the traditions of hunting as deer hunting season opens on November 1. Youth deer day is October 25.
All hunting requires 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. Call your town office for information or visit the website for the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife at maine.gov/ifw/licenses_permits/hunting.
Licenses may also be purchased online at mefishwildlife.com.
Safety for hikers and 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 Maine state hunting laws and regulations.
Hikers and dog-walkers venturing in or near wooded areas during hunting season should wear hunter, or blaze, orange. Dogs should don orange sweaters or brightly colored T-shirts to keep them visible and safe as well.
The Blue Hill Heritage Trust asks that hunters request permission to hunt on BHHT lands, and hunters should avoid heavily used hiking areas such as the south side of Blue Hill Mountain.
Call 374-5118 to request permission to hunt on BHHT properties.
2014 Hunting Season
Dates, rules and regulations may vary slightly from one Wild Management District (WMD) to the next. Visit eregulations.com/maine/hunting for details.