4. Wildlife Sanctuaries and certain Wildlife Management Areas. Unless otherwise specifically provided, it is unlawful to hunt or trap any wild animal or wild bird within the limits of any wildlife sanctuary, any area properly posted by the State of Maine, or within the following described territories:
-Back Bay Sanctuary, Portland
-Baxter State Park closed to all hunting except: The area north of Trout Brook in T6R9; in T6R10 or T2R9 and T2R10 where hunting is allowed.
-Beauchamp Sanctuary (See page 16 for information on bow and arrow hunting)
-Carver’s Pond Waterfowl Sanctuary
-Colby College Area, Waterville
-Drake’s Island Game Sanctuary
-Dry Pond Sanctuary (Crystal Lake)
-Gray Game Sanctuary
-Hog Island Game Sanctuary
-Jefferson & Whitefield Sanctuary
-Kineo Point Sanctuary
-Limington, Hollis, Waterboro Sanctuary
-Lowell E. Barnes Area, Oxford County
-Marsh Island Area,* Old Town,
-Orono— Penobscot County
-Megunticook Lake and Vicinity Sanctuary
-Merrymeeting Bay Game Sanctuary
-Monroe Island Game Sanctuary
-Moosehead Lake Game Sanctuary
-Moosehorn Game Sanctuary
-Narragansett Game Sanctuary*
-Oak Grove Area, Vassalboro
-Ocean Park Game & Bird Sanctuary
-Orrington Game Sanctuary
-Pittston Farm Sanctuary
-Prout’s Neck; Richmond’s Island;
-Cape Elizabeth Sanctuary* (see page 16).
-Rangeley Game Sanctuary
-Rangeley Lake Sanctuary
-Rangeley Plantation Sanctuary
-Readfield and Winthrop Sanctuary
-Salmon Pond Sanctuary
-Sebago Lake Basin Area, Standish, Windham
-Somerset Game Sanctuary
-Stanwood Wildlife Sanctuary, Ellsworth
-Steve Powell WMA (Swan Island), Richmond
-Thorncrag - Stanton Bird Sanctuary
-Tomhegan Game Sanctuary
-Wells & York Game Sanctuary
-Willow Water Game Sanctuary
-Woodbury Sanctuary, Litchfield, Monmouth
-York Game Sanctuary, Franklin County
*Trapping allowed in accordance with the general laws of the State.
General hunting, except where specifically prohibited, is allowed from October 1 – April 30. Hunting and trapping shall take place in conformity with the laws of the State of Maine, rules of the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, and local ordinances. Trapping on State park or historic site land in organized townships requires the written permission of the Bureau. There will be no hunting allowed on State park lands or restricted zone of the Allagash Wilderness Waterway, between May 1 and September 30.
For more information, please call
- Hunting is not allowed in any Memorial or Historic Site.
- Hunting is not allowed at Andrews Beach; that portion of Bradbury Mountain State Park west of State Route 9; Cobscook Bay; Crescent Beach and Kettle Cove; Damariscotta Lake; Ferry Beach; Holbook Island Sanctuary; Nickerson Lake; Owls Head Light; that portion of Quoddy Head within 1,000 feet of the lighthouse; Reid, Sebago Lake, Shackford Head, Two Lights, and Wolfe’s Neck Woods State Parks.
- Work areas and areas with significant public use may be posted and closed to hunting from time to time in the interest of public safety.
- The discharging of any weapons from or within 300 feet of any designated trail, picnic area, camping area, campsite, parking area, building, boat launching site or other developed area or bridge is prohibited. Loaded weapons are not allowed on the treadway of any trail posted “Closed to hunting”.
- The baiting of any animal for the purpose of hunting is not allowed.
(207) 287-3821, TTY (207) 287-2213
or write to the
Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands
22 State House Station
Augusta, Maine 04333-0022.
This information copied from The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife