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.

15 Must-Have Items For Ice Fishing Season In Maine

Ice fishing is an excellent way to embrace the cold winter months in Maine. It will get you outdoors for some fresh air, it's family friendly, and a successful day could yield a tasty dinner. If you're new to the sport, we put together a list of gear you'll need for a fun, comfortable, and successful day on the ice. Some of these items are more essential than others. Some gear may not be essential at all, depending on how you plan to fish. Again, the items we listed are geared towards those who are new to ice fishing.

Before we get to the list, remember to dress appropriately for the cold weather. We didn't put warm outerwear on the list, but it's definitely a must-have. Dressing in layers is important to ensure you're warm enough throughout the day on the ice. If you start getting too warm, you can simply take a layer off. Hand warmers are also worth packing.

Explore the Ruins of a Historic Mansion in Acadia National Park

George B. Dorr spent much of his life creating, expanding and caring for Acadia National Park. That's why he's often referred to as the father of Acadia National Park. According to the National Park Service, the property known as the "Old Farm" was accepted by the park in 1941. On the property is the ruins of what was a 30-room summer "cottage," the remnants of a saltwater pool, and a small beach. It's just an easy walk through the woods away.

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