lake-patrol-NOhuntingHunting season is upon on us. It is hard to believe that September is already here and the kiddo’s are back in school. Going forward the lake and pond will change a little of each passing day, docks and boats will slowly start to disappear and before long we will enjoy all of the wonderful colors fall brings.

September 1st marks the first day of the states Early Goose hunting season. This season will run until September 25th and a hunter can take up to 10 geese a day. Megunticook Lake and Norton Pond are EXEMPT to this early season, meaning hunting is not allowed.

October 1st is where it will all really get under way. Here is a detailed list of the season dates:

Canada Goose (regular season):
October 1st – October 29th
November 14th – January 5th (2016)
Bag limit: 3 a day

Duck season:
October 1st – October 17th
October 31st – December 22nd
Bag limit: 6 a day
(no more then 4 of the same species)

Youth Hunting Day’s: (for hunters under the age of 16)
September 26th (Megunticook & Norton closed)
October 24th

**Other duck hunting regulations:
No more then 1 Black Duck a day
No more then 2 Hen Mallards a day
No more then 3 Wood Ducks a day

Non Waterfowl Hunting Dates:
DEER:
Archery Season: October 1st – October 30th
Firearm Season: October 31st – November 28th
Youth Day: October 24th
Muzzleloader: November 30th – December 12th

FALL TURKEY:
October 1st – October 30th
bag limit: 2, either sex (for the season)

RUFFED GROUSE:
October 1st – December 31st
bag limit 4 a day

RABBIT:
October 1st – March 31st (2016)
bag limit 4 a day

For a full list of hunting dates, bag limits and shooting hours visit the Maine Fish & Wildlife web page.

I hope you all had a wonderful Summer.

Justin Twitchell
Lake Warden