As various seasons begin to wind down for the year, it's time to get ready for next year. 2022 hunting and fishing licenses are now available.
This weekend the Maine deer hunting season will come to a close. Both the expanded archery and muzzleloader seasons end December 11. A record number of hunters went into the season with any deer permits. Maine wildlife biologists issued 153,910 any deer permits for the 2021 deer season. The number of permits was up 44,020 from last year, when 109,890 permits were issued. 68,145 permits were issued in 2019.
The 2021 deer season is on pace to be one of the biggest harvests in many years. According to IFW's Big Game Harvest Dashboard, over 38,000 white-tailed deer were tagged throughout the various 2021 deer seasons. For comparison, the 2020 season yielded 33,157 deer harvested. Plenty more deer will surly be harvested in these final days of the season.
The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife is now issuing 2022 hunting and fishing licenses. Licenses can be purchased online or at any of the more than 800 licensing agents throughout the state.
2021 hunting licenses can still be put to use, as multiple seasons continue through this month into 2021. Maine's gray squirrel and upland bird season ends Dec. 31. Snowshoe hare, bobcat, fox, and coyote (night hunting) seasons continue in to 2022. Be sure to check 2021-2022 season dates here.
Licenses support Maine's fish and wildlife management efforts.