Hunting & Fishing Licenses
The Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Department has instituted a new license form that will encompass all licenses and stamps on one form. All agencies have the ability to issue licenses to residents, non-residents, and aliens. Also, Coyote Night Hunting Permits are now available through all licensing agents.
Hunting and fishing licenses can be obtained from the Town Clerk's Office, Town Hall, 23 School Street, Ogunquit. Licenses can also be obtained from Rite-Aid Drugstores, Kittery Trading Post, and most hunting and fishing supply stores. Ogunquit is now a partner with MOSES and prepares sports licenses online in the office. In addition, licenses can be purchased online from the Inland Fisheries and Wildlife website.
Hunting Requirements & Fees
- Children under 10 years of age are not allowed to hunt
- Hunters between 10 and 15 years of age must possess a junior license and be accompanied by a parent, guardian or any adult 18 years or older who has been approved by the parent or guardian
- Hunters 16 years or older must possess an adult license to hunt
- Hunters 16 years or older who wish to hunt with bow and arrow during the Special or Expanded Archery Seasons must obtain the appropriate license
- To obtain an adult hunting license, you must show proof of having held an adult license to hunt with firearms in any year beginning with 1976 or successful completion of an approved hunter safety course. Residents must show proof of residency when applying for a license
- To obtain an adult archery hunting license, you must show proof of having held an adult license to hunt with bow and arrow in any year since 1979 or successful completion of an archery education course
- Convicted felons who have not been issued a permit to carry a firearm cannot purchase or possess a firearm hunting license in Maine or a Specialized Hunting Guide License (Title at,sub§ 393,sub-§§1 and 2).
- Unless otherwise noted, all licenses and permits expire on December 31 of the year issued
Available Hunting Applications
Moose: The annual moose hunt takes place the first full week of October and hunting is allowed by special permit only. The fee for a moose-hunting permit is $29 for residents and $300 for non-residents. Applications are available in mid-February with a deadline to submit by April 1.
Turkey: Maine's annual turkey season begins the first weekday in May through May 31 and hunting is allowed by special permit only. Applications are available in mid-December with a deadline to submit by February 1.
Antlerless Deer: Hunting of antlerless deer during the regular firearms season and the muzzle-loading season is restricted to those hunters who possess a valid any-deer permit. Hunters may take antlerless deer during the expanded (September to December) and special (October) archery seasons. Any-deer permit applications are available in June with the deadline to submit by August 1.
Hunting License Fees for State of Maine Residents
|Big Game Hunting (16 and older)||$21|
|Small Game (16 and older) Note: Permits the hunting of all species, except deer, bear, turkey, moose, raccoon, and bobcat.||$14|
|Combination Hunting and Fishing (16 and older)||$38|
|Junior Hunting (10 to 15 inclusive)||$7|
|Combination Hunting and Fishing (70 and older)||No cost|
|Combination Fishing and Archery (16 and older)||$38|
|Serviceman (Resident) Hunting||$12|
|Serviceman (Resident) Combo Hunt and Fish||$22|
|Disabled War Veteran (Resident)||No cost|
|Archery Hunting (16 and older)||$21|
|Expanded Archery Hunting (Sept.)||$42|
|Archery Hunting (70 and older)||No cost|
|Muzzle-loading (10 and older)||$12|
|Muzzle-loading (70 and older)||No cost|
|State Migratory Waterfowl (16 and older)||$2.50|
|Pheasant (Cumberland and York counties)||$16|
Hunting License Fees for Non-Residents of Maine
|Big Game Hunting (16 and older)||$87|
|Small Game (16 and older) Note: Permits the hunting of all species, except deer, bear, turkey, moose, raccoon, and bobcat.||$57|
|3-Day Small Game Hunting (Consecutive days)||$32|
|Combination Hunting and Fishing (16 and older)||$125|
|Junior Hunting (10 to 15 inclusive)||$27|
|Archery Hunting (16 and older)||$57|
|Expanded Archery Hunting (Sept.)||$82|
|Muzzle-loading (10 and older)||$35|
Fishing Requirements & Fees
- No resident of this state, 16 years of age or older, or non-resident, 12 years of age or older, may fish in open waters, through the ice in inland waters, or transport fish taken from inland waters, without first obtaining a valid Maine fishing license.
- Unless otherwise specifically provided, all licenses expire on December 31 of the year issued.
Fishing License Fees for State of Maine Residents
|Fishing (16 and older)||$21|
|Combination Fishing and Hunting||$38|
|Combination Fishing and Archery||$38|
|1-Day Fishing Exchange||$12|
|3-Day Fishing Exchange||$2|
|Serviceman (resident) Fishing|
Note: Maine resident permanently stationed outside the State of Maine.
A 1-day or 3-day fishing license may be exchanged by a Maine resident for a season fishing or combination and fishing license upon payment of the agent’s fee, plus the difference between that fee and the fee for the annual license.
Fishing License Fees for Non-Residents of Maine
|Season Fishing (16 and older)||$52|
|Combination Fishing and Hunting||$125|
|Junior Fishing (12 to 15 years)||$9|
Note: A non-resident 15-Day fishing license may be exchanged for a non-resident season fishing license upon payment plus the agent’s fee.
Special License Types
- Over 70: Available to Maine residents. Can be obtained any time during the calendar year of the 70th birthday.
- Disabled Veteran: Available to Maine residents. Need a special letter from the Veteran Administration specifically stating the applicant, either 1) is a veteran with a service-connected disability evaluated at 100%, or 2) is a veteran with a service-connected disability evaluated at 70% who served in a combat zone during any armed conflict in which participants were exposed to war risk hazards.
- Paraplegic: Need a physician’s statement certifying that the applicant has loss of, or the loss of the use of both of his/her extremities. This license is available to non-residents from states that provide a reciprocal privilege to residents of the State of Maine. (NH, VT, CT and MA).
- Mentally Handicapped (fish only): Available to Maine residents. Need a statement from a licensed psychologist certifying that the applicant has completed a general intelligence test as required by the Department of Mental Health and scored below the mean score of 70, or a written statement from the Maine Department of Mental Health and Retardation documenting that the applicant meets the requirements of Title 20-A, Section 7001, §3a and receiving services from their Department on that basis.
- Blind (fish only): Available to Maine residents 16 years of age or older. Need certified evidence that the applicant’s visual acuity for distant vision is 20/200 if the widest diameter of field vision subtends an angle no greater than 2 degrees.
- Servicemen: Anyone serving in the U.S. Armed Forces and permanently stationed at a military base in Maine (includes spouse and children, if they permanently reside with that person) may purchase a resident license to hunt, trap or fish.
- Military personnel who are on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces and permanently stationed outside of Maine (including spouse and dependent children) may purchase either a hunting or fishing license ($12) or a combination license to hunt and fish upon proof that their home of record, as recorded in a service record, is Maine.
- Exchange Student: Any citizen of a foreign nation, under 21 years of age, who is living with a family in Maine in connection with any educational exchange program may purchase a resident hunting or fishing license.
Important State Phone Numbers Regarding Hunting & Fishing Laws
To report violations of Maine hunting and fishing laws:
1-800-253-7887 or 1-800-ALERT US
For Administration, Fisheries and Wildlife Divisions, Maine Warden Service, general information about hunting and fishing licenses, boating, and recreational vehicle registration:
To reach the automated Fish and Wildlife line. This line provides 24-hour information and updates on hunting and fishing seasons and new laws:
To reach a game warden 24-hours a day, please contact the Maine State Police at one of the following numbers: