September 19, 2020

Maine's "Super Pack" Resident License

Print Friendly, PDF & Email

For those not aware, Maine signed into law a bill that provides outdoor sportsmen the opportunity to purchase a combination of licenses for $200 a year. This Super Pack license as it is called, is a compilation of all licenses and permits for hunting and fishing. A complete list is included below. Along with a Super Pack, there is a way for a hunter to back two deer a year.

Below is the information taken directly from the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife website.

Superpack License

The customer must be a Maine resident to be eligible for this license.

The Superpack license permits a person to hunt and fish for all legal game and fish species subject to all the laws covering these activities. The Superpack license includes fishing, hunting, archery, and muzzleloading licenses as well as migratory waterfowl, pheasant, fall turkey, spring turkey, bear, coyote night hunt, expanded archery antlered, and unlimited expanded archery antlerless permits. Please note that the Superpack license does not include the Supersport item. Funds for Supersport items go directly to the department’s landowner relations program.

Customers must submit proof of a previous adult archery license from Maine or any other state, province, or country in any year after 1979 or having successfully completed an archery safety course or submit a notarized affidavit.

Customers must submit proof of a previous adult firearms license from Maine or any other state, province, or country in any year after 1975 or having successfully completed a firearms hunter safety course or submit a notarized affidavit.

A customer 10 years of age or older and under 16 years of age may purchase the Superpack license without meeting the archery and firearms safety course requirements. However, they must follow all laws related to these activities. In addition, the Superpack license is probably not a good deal from a price perspective for a customer in this age bracket since they get many of the licenses and permits at reduced rates already.

The state fee for the Superpack license is $200 and the agent fee is $2. It can be found near the bottom of the 2006 license.

In regard to convicted felons, the same law applies to the Superpack license as applies to the firearms hunting license. A convicted felon is not allowed to buy either license unless they have a permit to carry a firearm which may be obtained from the Department of Public Safety (624-7210).

A customer who purchases the Superpack license is entitled to 6 free chances in the moose lottery for that year. The customer will still have to submit a Moose Permit Application and will need to indicate on the application that they are a Superpack license holder. There will be specific instructions on the Moose Permit Application for Superpack license holders.

A customer who purchases the Superpack license is also eligible for entry into a special category in the annual Any-Deer Permit Lottery. In order to qualify for the special category the customer must apply in a Wildlife Management District (WMD) that has at least 5,000 permits allocated in it. In addition, the law states that no more that 2.5% of the Any-Deer permits in those districts will be allocated to Superpack license holders. The customer will still have to submit an Any-Deer Permit Application and will need to indicate on the application that they are a Superpack license holder in order to be entered into the special lottery category. There will be specific instructions on the Any-Deer Permit Application for Superpack license holders.

Since the vast majority of customers will not be eligible for the crossbow license until they take a crossbow safety course, the Superpack license will not include the crossbow hunting license. However, any Superpack license holder who meets the eligibility requirements for a crossbow hunting license can get the crossbow hunting license added to their Superpack license at no charge by contacting IF&W directly. We will update their license and Email/mail it to them immediately. We will revisit this next year once we see how many people meet the crossbow hunting license requirements.

The law also provided for a reduced rate ($175) Superpack license for a person who holds two or more of the lifetime licenses (hunt, fish, or archery).

George Smith, executive director of the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine, explains how the second deer option works.

Second Deer

Initially the super pack was to include an antlerless deer permit and the opportunity to shoot a second deer. But legislators limited that opportunity, fearing that all the antlerless deer permits in some districts would be purchased with super packs, leaving none for other hunters.

DIF&W and SAM have worked to establish the second deer opportunity, and DIF&W included it in an amendment to the department’s “omnibus” bill this session. That is the billthat Governor Baldacci signed on March 11.

The omnibus bill gives super pack license holders free antlerless deer permits only in districts with at least 5,000 antlerless deer permits, and no more than 2.5% of the permits may be awarded to super pack license holders. In 2006, WMDs 16, 17, 23 awarded more than 5,000 permits.

SAM proposed to allow all super pack license holders who win an antlerless deer permit in the regular lottery to use the permit to shoot a doe and to use the super pack license to shoot a buck, in any season with the appropriate weapon. For example, you could shoot one deer in the October bowhunting season and the second in the November firearms season.

DIF&W agreed to this and submitted the necessary language as part of its omnibus bill. Here is a summary of the new language from the legislation itself.

“Currently, the holder of a super pack license may take 2 deer, one deer during the regular open firearms season only and one antlerless deer as provided by the license provisions. This amendment allows the super pack licensee to harvest one deer during either the open firearms season or the special archery season or the special muzzle-loading season and one antlerless deer as provided by the license provisions.”

Tom Remington

Share