Outdoorsmen can buy their hunting and fishing licenses for the upcoming year.

Over the weekend the Maine deer hunting season came to a close. Both the expanded archery and muzzleloader seasons ended Dec. 12. A record number of hunters went into the season with any deer permits. Maine wildlife biologists proposed 109,890 permits for the 2020 firearms season. 68,145 permits were issued in 2019.

The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife is now issuing 2021 hunting and fishing licenses. Licenses can be purchased online or at any of the more than 800 licensing agents throughout the state.

2020 hunting licenses can still be put to use, as multiple seasons continue through this month into 2021. Maine's gray squirrel season ends Dec. 31. Snowshoe hare, bobcat, fox, and coyote (night hunting) seasons continue in to 2021. Be sure to check 2020-2021 season dates here.

Licenses support Maine's fish and wildlife management efforts.