March 28, 2023

NEW law requires an archery license when hunting with archery equipment

Press Release from the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife:

Hunters should be aware that beginning January 1, 2017, the Department will begin enforcing the requirement that all hunters who wish to hunt with archery equipment in Maine hold a valid Maine archery hunting license.

The law change will no longer allow exceptions to hunt with archery equipment on the firearms hunting license. (Previously an archery license was only required when hunting deer, with bow and arrow during the expanded archery season and special October archery season on deer.) Instead bow hunters must hold a valid archery license.

Anyone wishing to obtain an archery hunting license must show proof of having successfully completed a bowhunter education course or show proof of having held an adult archery license in any year after 1979; (Nonresidents who can show proof of having held a valid archery license in another state after 1979 or who can show proof of completion of a bow hunter education course from another state will be able to purchase a Maine archery license).

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