Hunting is a time-honored tradition in Maine and for good reason – the state has an abundance of game, vast stretches of rural country, extensive wildlands, and a rich sporting heritage that dates back centuries. Whether you're interested in upland birds or big game like moose and deer and bear, the Pine Tree State is the place for you.
Few states in the lower 48 can rival the variety and quality of hunting opportunities that Maine has to offer. From wildlife unique to northern tier states like moose and black bear, to bobcats and white-tailed deer that are common to the eastern forests, Maine's wildlife offers opportunities for every outdoor enthusiast. With a growing population of over 25,000 black bears, Maine has the highest black bear density and population in the East. Deer and moose populations are likewise big and healthy – with more than 200,000 whitetails and 29,000 moose.
Our numerous waterfowl in the state's interior lakes and marshes are complemented with world-class sea duck hunting opportunity along Maine’s magnificent coastline. In addition, the restoration of wild turkey to Maine has been a phenomenal success as turkeys continue to multiply and venture ever further north and east.
So Maine's got game. And it also has a grand tradition of hunting hospitality. Sporting camps are spread throughout the North Woods, and they've been hosting hunters for generations. A hunting trip to a traditional Maine Sporting Camp can be like taking a trip back in time. Many employ Registered Maine Guides – world renowned outdoor experts – and they know where to find the wildlife. There's a reason that famous sports like Teddy Roosevelt, Ted Williams and Ted Nugent have taken advantage of the traditional relaxing hospitality and hunting experience that Maine has to offer.
Trophy animals continue to be taken all over the state by both bow and rifle. How about a 900-pound cow moose? A 27-pound turkey? Or a 680-pound bear? These are just a few of the records that have been broken in the past decade.
Why wait for your next outdoor adventure, visit the state blessed with first-class biologists, guides and landowners who create these endless opportunities. Visit the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, the Maine Sporting Camp Association, and the Maine Professional Guides Association for more information.