GENERAL HUNTING INFORMATION
NOTICE TO DOG OWNERS.......It is unlawful for any dog to run at large at any time, except when used for hunting. (AT LARGE means off the premises of the owner and not under the control of any person by means of personal presence or attention). It is unlawful for any dog to chase, wound or kill a deer or moose at any time or any other wild animal in closed season.
TREE STANDS.......It is unlawful to insert any metallic or ceramic object into a tree on land of another for the purpose of erecting a ladder or tree stand. All ladders or observation stands erected on another person's land must be removed by the beginning of the 10th day following the close of the hunting season,unless written permission is obtained from the landowner.
AIDING ACCIDENT VICTIMS & REPORTING ACCIDENTS.......Any person who knows or has reason to believe that he/she has inflicted injury to another person by the use of firearms or bow and arrow is required to make themselves known to the victim and render such first aid and assistance as he/she is capable of under the circumstances. He/she is also required to report the incident, by the quickest means, to a game warden or other law enforcement officer.
HUNTER ORANGE CLOTHING.......Anyone who hunts with a firearm during the open firearm season on deer is required to wear two articles of solid-colored hunter orange clothing (fluorescent orange) that are in good and serviceable condition and visible from all sides. One article must be a hat. The other article of clothing must cover a major portion of the torso, such as a jacket, vest, coat or poncho. The presence of a decal on an article of clothing that is otherwise solid-colored hunter orange does not disqualify that article of clothing from satisfying the requirements of this subsection. HUNTER ORANGE means a daylight fluorescent orange color with a dominant wave length between 595 and 605 nanometers, excitation purity not less than 85% and luminance factor of not less than 40%. (NOTE: Waterfowl hunters who are hunting from a boat, blind or in conjunction with waterfowl decoys are exempt from this requirement). Anyone who hunts any species with a firearm in the moose hunting district must still wear one article of hunter orange clothing.
MUNICIPAL FIREARM ORDINANCES.......Several Maine cities and towns have adopted local ordinances which restrict or prohibit the discharge of firearms. These ordinances have been enacted in the interest of public satety. Prior to hunting near thickly settled communities, hunters should check with local authorities concerning the possible existence of firearm ordinances.
A CAUTION ON LIVER AND KIDNEY CONSUMPTION.......The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife and the State Bureau of Health recommend that the liver and kidneys of moose not be eaten because of possible contamination with the heavy metal cadmium. Also, recent studies have shown smaller amounts of cadmium in liver tissues from Maine deer, and deer, elk and antelope from other States. Maine health officials recommend that deer liver consumption be limited to 0.8 pounds in one sitting and 1 to 1-1/3 pounds per week. Human symptoms of acute cadmium poisoning include severe nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, muscle cramps and salivation. There is no known health risk from eating moose meat or deer meat.
HUNTER CHECK STATIONS.......We suggest that whether you are successful or not, you stop in at one of the Department's deer hunter check stations (which are not registration stations). Our wildlife biologists collect information which is valuable in determining regional deer herd productivity and condition and figuring sex and age ratios. You will receive facts and figures from last year's season, and the information you provide will be a basis for management decisions to be made next year.
BIG BUCK SKULL AND ANTLER TROPHY CLUB.......Maine has a club for deer hunters called "The Biggest Bucks in Maine Club", which is sponsored by THE MAINE SPORTSMAN (Box 507, Yarmouth, ME 04096). To qualify, a hunter must shoot a buck weighing at least 200 pounds (field dressed). Application blanks are available from Department wardens and biologists. In addition, any hunter who takes a trophy deer, bear or moose may wish to obtain information concerning The Maine Skull and Antler Trophy Club. Contact Richard P. Arsenault, The Maine skull and Antler Trophy Club, RR 15, Box 190, Gorham, ME 04038.
A Limited Liability for Recreational or Harvesting Activities
- A. "PREMISES" shall mean improved and unimproved lands, private ways, any buildings or structures on those lands and waters standing on, flowing through or adjacent to those lands.
- B. "RECREATIONAL OR HARVESTING ACTIVITIES" means recreational activities conducted out-of-doors, including hunting, fishing, trapping, camping, hiking, sight-seeing, operation of snow-traveling and all-terrain vehicles, skiing, hang-gliding, boating, sailing, canoeing, rafting or swimming or activities that involved harvesting or gathering forest products. It shall include entry, use of and passage over premises in order to pursue these activities..
2. Limited Duty. An owner, lessee or occupant of premises shall owe no duty of care to keep the premises safe for entry or use by others for recreational or harvesting activities or to give warning of any hazardous condition, use, structure or activity on these premises to persons entering for those purposes.
3. Permissive use. An owner, lessee or occupant who gives permission to another to pursue recreational or harvesting activities on the premises shall not thereby:
- A. Extend any assurance that the premises are safe for those purposes.
- B. Make the person to whom permission is granted an invitee or licensee to whom a duty of care is owed; or
- C. Assume responsibility for or incur liability for any injury to person or property caused by any act of persons to whom the permission is granted.
4. Limitation on section. This section shall not limit the liability which would otherwise exist:
- A. For a willful or malicious failure to guard or to warn against a dangerous condition, use, structure or activity;
- B. For an injury suffered in any case where permissison to pursue any recreational or harvesting activities was granted for a consideration other than the consideration, if any, paid to the landowner by the State; or
- C. For an injury caused, by acts of persons to whom permission to pursue any recreational or harvesting activities was granted, to other persons to whom the person granting permission, or the owner, lessee or occupant of the premises, owed a duty to keep the premises safe or to warn of danger.
5. No duty created. Nothing in this section shall create a duty of care or ground of liability for injury to a person or property.
6. Costs and fees. The court shall award any direct legal costs, including reasonable attorney's fees, to an owner, lessee or occupant who is found not to be liable for injury to a person or property pursuant to this section.
Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife-If you're willing to give your time and energy to help us manage Maine's precious natural resources and protect our otudoor heritage, give us a call. We have projects that involve volunteer help. Our new volunteer coordinator is Charlie Mann and you can reach him at (207)287-8069.
MAINE LANDOWNERS-LAND USERS-PROJECT LAND SHARE
ASK FIRST.......Most outdoor recreation in Maine takes place on private property through the generosity of the landowner. Only by respecting landowners and their property can we be sure we will have land available in the future for the various forms of outdoor recreation we enjoy, including hunting and trapping. If you know you are welcome to use someone's land, don't abduse the privilege. If you don't know whether you are welcome, find out. If the land is posted or you know you are not welcome, find another location. A hunting or trapping license does not give you the right-stated or implied-to go on another person's land against their wishes. ALWAYS SEEK PERMISSION before engaging in any form of outdoor recreation on property which belongs to someone else.
As a result of the Maine Indian Claims Settlement Act of 1980, lands purchased by the Penobscot Indian Nation and the Passamaquoddy Tribe within certain designated areas of the State are classified as Indian territory and are given "special" legal status. The Penobscot Nation and the Passamaquoddy Tribe, within their respective Indian territories, have exclusive authority to regulate hunting and trapping. At the time of this publication, parcels of Indian territory had been acquired within the following areas:
PENOBSCOT NATION: Franklin County: Alder Stream Twp. Penobscot County: T2 R9 NWP (western portion), T3 R9 NWP (eastern portion), T6 R8 WELS (western portion) Argyle Twp. (northern portion and T3 R1 NBPP (north-eastern portion). Piscataquis County: T6 R8 NWP. The Penobscot Nation also has exclusive authority to regulate hunting and trapping in the Penobscot Reservation, consisting of all islands in the Penobscot River north of, and including, Indian Island, Located near Old Town, Maine. Contact the Penobscot Nation, Department of Natrual Resources for spsecific locations of Reservation islands.
PASSAMAQUODDY TRIBE: Franklin County: Lowelltown, T1 R8 WBKP. Hancock County: T3&4 ND. Washington County: T5 ND, BPP; T19 MD, Indian Twp., and Pleasant Point, Perry. Penobscot County: T3 R9 NWP, T5 R1 NBPP, TAR7 WELS. Somerset County: Holeb T6 R1 NBKP, Prentiss, T4 R4 NBKP, Hammond Twp., T3 R4 NBKP, Alder Brook Twp., T3 R3 NBKP, Pittston Academy Grant, T2 R4 NBKP, Soldiertown Twp., T2 R3 NBKP.
Most of these areas will be conspicuously posted as Indian Territory. Anyone wishing to hunt or trap on Indian territory should contact the appropriate Indian agency for further information.
PENOBSCOT INDIAN NATION , Department of Natural resources, Old Town, ME 04468; Phone: (207)827-7776, Ext. 230
PASSAMAQUODDY TRIBE, Ranger Department, Box 301, Princeton, ME 04668, Phone: (207)796-2677