The northwestern woods and mountains surrounding Jackman area are noted to have some of the best hunting opportunities for wildlife. The thousand of acres of uninhabited forests make hunting for WHITE TAIL DEER, BLACK BEAR, MOOSE, COYOTE, SNOWSHOE HARE, WATERFOWL, RUFFLED GROUSE all a challenge and an adventure. With the use of a compass or GPS, you can navigate our woods to find that perfect Buck. Or hire one of the experienced guides available in the Jackman region. We would be happy to put you in contact with one.
Getting closer to those remote areas is easier than you think...Abandoned logging trails and roads can get you close to those remote areas with your truck or a jeep. Or bring your ATV and go really deep as our ATV trails are open through Mid November.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW!
Regulations: Please visit Maine.gov for specific hunting and trapping information or get your Maine hunting license online. It's also a good resource for learning about safety courses, private land access, and the Hunters for the Hungry program.
Note: In the Jackman Region, there are hundreds of square miles of private land available for your enjoyment. Please show respect to these private landowners who are providing free access and treat the land as if it were your own.
Moose hunting in Maine is by permit only. Only the lucky ones win the lottery for permit! There's a large population of Moose in the region so if you do get a permit, you have a great chance of bagging a Moose.
According to Maine.gov:
Maine's moose population is the largest of all the lower 48 states, estimated at 60-70,000 animals. This presents an incredible hunting opportunity for those lucky enough to win a Maine moose permit. And the appeal is no secret - every year, the Maine moose hunt is among the most coveted in the nation, with an average of 50,000 applications for the 2,000 to 3,000 moose permits typically issued.
Moose season is generally the last week in October. See current year schedule for WMD 8 on Maine.gov .
Legal Moose Hunting Hours: From 30 minutes before sunrise to 30 minutes after sunset
Legal Equipment: You may use a rifle, shotgun, handgun, muzzleloader, bow and arrow or crossbow. Shotguns using shot loads and .22 caliber rim fire firearms are prohibited.
Bag Limit: only one moose per permit holder is allowed per year.
Deer season begins in November and continues into December with Archery or Muzzleloader.
Baiting deer is prohibited through most of the season. Check with maine.gov for current laws.
Illegal equipment: Deer may not be hunted with the use of dogs, artificial lights, snares, traps, airbows, set guns or any firearm using .17 or .22 caliber rimfire cartridges. ( .22 caliber rimfire magnum cartridges are permitted)
Driving Deer: prohibited.
Bag Limit: only one deer per permit holder is allowed per year.
Black Bear season opens in September and goes through November.
Hunting over bait is permitted for the first four weeks of the season.
Hunting with dogs is permitted for six weeks starting on the third week of the season.
Trapping is open for two months, from September 1 through October 31.
Equipment Bears may be taken with a rifle, handgun, muzzleloader, shotgun (with slugs only, not larger than 10 gauge), bow and arrow (with a minimum draw weight of 35 lbs.), or crossbow (with a minimum draw weight of 100 lbs.). It is illegal to hunt bear using firearms with .17 or .22 caliber rimfire cartridges, or shotguns with shotloads.
SMALL GAME HUNTING
Bird season begins in October for Ruffed Grouse, Quail, Pheasant, and woodcock. We are dog friendly.
Migratory Game Birds include and are limited to species in the following families:
Anatidae (wild ducks, geese, and brant);
Rallidae (rails, coots, moorhens and gallinules); and
Scolopacidae (woodcock and snipe).
Snowshoe Hare and Small game are abundant in the region and a great adventure for any hunter, with or without a dog.
Coyote Hunting Coyote Night Hunting Permit (valid January 1 to December 31) allows the permit holder to hunt coyote at night (defined as 1/2 hour after sunset until 1/2 hour before sunrise).
Bobcat Hunting hunting season is usually December to mid-February.
Fox Hunting hunting season is usually mid-October to end of February.