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For more than 150 years, Maine has been known to sportsmen for its reliable, varied and superb hunting. Hunters can chase whitetail deer or black bear, wild turkey and other upland game birds, or even the legendary moose. They seek them in the wildest state in the northeast with one of the last significant tracts of wilderness in the lower 48. Thick stands of forest and tens of thousands of acres of unpopulated terrain offer plenty of cover for some of the most desirable game on any hunter’s checklist.

But when it comes to finding the game, successful sports have long been led into the wild by Registered Maine Guides. These icons of the woods were first registered by the State of Maine in 1897 and are chosen for their skills and experience.

While hiring a Registered Maine Guide may seem traditional, it’s not mere nostalgia. Hunters gain a Guide’s backwoods smarts, local knowledge and tracking abilities, as well as the safety-first ethos that guides bring with them every time they head out into the woods. When you go out on a guided whitetail deer hunt or go after black bear, you’re benefiting not only from a guide’s past experience but also their knowledge of recent weather and habitat changes.

Find your guide with the Maine Professional Guides Association or at the Maine Wilderness Guides Organization. Check with Maine’s Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife for more hunting information and regulations.

Moose Hunting

The moose hunting season in Maine runs from late September to the end of November and is permit only—so be sure to plan ahead. When planning your trophy trip, trust a seasoned Registered Maine Guide to get you to the right place at the right time. To truly immerse yourself in the big game experience, stay at one of Maine’s sporting camps and wilderness lodges.

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Beginning May 1, travelers from all states will be able to travel to Maine without providing a negative COVID-19 test result or quarantining, unless otherwise determined by the Maine CDC. If a state experiences a spike in COVID-19 cases, the Maine CDC will apply testing and quarantine protocols to all travelers from that state.

Learn how our safe travel protocols are helping ensure everyone's visit is a safe one.