While Maine doesn't have a closed season on coyotes, night hunting can only be done in-season.

Predator control season is nearly here. Maine has a special season for hunting coyotes that runs through much of the year. Between December 16 and August 31, 2023, hunters can hunt coyotes after sundown. The season requires a $4 permit. Because the season runs for nearly nine months, hunters are reminded permits are valid January through December.

A night hunting permit allows a hunter to take coyote after sundown, which is defined as 1/2 hour after sunset until 1/2 hour before sunrise. In addition to a permit, hunters need to be in possession of a predator calling device. Calls can be electronic, hand-held, or mouth-operated.

Maine has an open season year-round for coyotes, with only night hunting tactics being seasonal.

Maine's coyote hunting tactics were threatened last year by a bill submitted to the 130th Maine Legislature. LD 1265 - An Act To Control the Means of Hunting Coyotes, would have drastically changed the tactics of hunting coyotes in Maine. The bill would make it illegal to night hunt coyotes, hunt them with the use dogs, and using bait. The bill also imposes civil violations on hunters caught breaking the amended rules of the hunt. Violations would cost a hunter $100-$500, and or the loss of their hunting privileges for a year.

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The bill died in the state legislature, and was listed as "ought not to pass" back in May 2021.

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.

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