Share your passion, take a youth hunting


youth hunter with parent


For many hunters, their lifelong passion all began when a special person took the time to introduce them to the sport. Youth days are a great opportunity to bring youth hunting for the first time, to target a new species, or to see if their interest level has changed over time. And if the junior hunter is already hooked, another chance for a memorable day in the woods! 


If you are taking a youth out, keep these tips in mind:

  • Start target practicing now so they are comfortable and confident. 
  • It isn't always about the harvest, make it fun! Pack snacks, share some of your stories, and let your new hunting partner remind you of the excitement of being in the woods.
  • Make sure they are properly dressed for the weather. 
  • The day doesn't need to be long. Start short and see how the day goes! 
  • Visit your hunting spot before youth day so they know what to expect and can ask questions without worrying about being quiet. 

Frequently Asked Questions

When are the 2020-2021 youth days?

Bear - August 29, 2020

Fall Wild Turkey - September 12, 2020

Deer - October 24- 2020

Spring Wild Turkey - May 1, 2021

Waterfowl - North Zone - September 19, 2020 & December 12, 2020

Waterfowl - South Zone - September 26, 2020 & October 17, 2020

Waterfowl - Coastal Zone - September 26, 2020 & October 24, 2020


Who can go hunting on youth day? 

Junior hunters who hold a valid junior hunting license (including a lifetime license) can participate in special youth hunting days for bear, deer, spring and fall wild turkey, and migratory waterfowl with their junior hunter supervisor.


What ages can hold a junior hunting license? 

All children that have not yet reached their 16th birthday must have a junior hunting license to hunt. There is no minimum age to purchase a junior hunting license. After a junior hunter’s 16th birthday, they may continue to hunt on their junior license for the remainder of the calendar year with or without taking the hunter safety course. If the junior hunter does take the hunter
safety course it must be appropriate for the method in which they intend to hunt with. He or she may then hunt without supervision and keep all the junior hunter permits but must carry their valid junior hunting license as well as their hunter safety card.


What level of supervision does the junior hunter need?

Hunters from 10–15 years of age must be in the presence of, and under the effective control of, a junior hunter supervisor.

Hunters under the age of 10 must be in the presence of, and under the effective control of, a junior hunter supervisor who remains at all times within 20 feet of the hunter


What does a "Junior Hunter Supervisor" mean?

  1. The parent or guardian of the junior hunter who holds or has held a valid Maine hunting license or successfully completed a hunter safety course.
  2. A person 18 years of age or older who:
    1. Is approved by the parent or guardian of the junior hunter; and
    2. Holds or has held a valid Maine hunting license or successfully completed a hunter safety course.

Note: On Youth Only Hunting Day, the accompanying parent, guardian, or qualified adult shall not possess a firearm, bow and arrow or crossbow while accompanying a participating youth hunter.


What does "in the presence of" mean? 

"In the presence of" means: in visual and voice contact without the use of visual or audio enhancement devices, including but not limited to binoculars and citizen band radios.

Know someone over the age of 16 who is interested in learning to hunt? 

An apprentice hunter license is available to a resident or nonresident 16 years or older who has never held a valid adult hunting license. Apprentice license holders may only hunt when in the presence of an apprentice supervisor. Learn more. 

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