Recreational Licensing and Registration

HUNTING LICENSES

What hunting/fishing license does the town issue? 
The Town issues all hunting and fishing licenses available from the Inland Fish and Wildlife Department to Maine Residents and Out-of-State residents.

What information do I need to provide in order to obtain a hunting license from the town for the first time?
A firearms hunter safety course card must be presented when obtaining an adult firearm license for the first time (age 16 or older). If the hunter has not held an adult license since January 1, 1976, a firearm hunter safety course is required. An archery safety course card is required when obtaining an adult archery license for the first time. If the hunter has not held an adult license since January 1, 1980, an archery safety course is required.
At the age of 70, a lifetime license may be purchased for a one-time fee of $8.00

License Fees 

Unless otherwise noted, all licenses and permits expire on December 31 of the year issued.

MAINE

RESIDENTS

Hunting (16 and older)

$26.00

Junior Hunting (10 to 15 years old)

$8.00

Small Game* Hunting (16 and older)

$15.00

Combination Hunting & Fishing (16 and older)

$43.00

Combination Fishing/Archery (16 and older)

$43.00

Serviceman (resident) Combination Hunting & Fishing

$3.00

Serviceman (dependent) Combination Hunting & Fishing

$20.00

Serviceman (dependent) Hunting

$10.00

Archery Hunting (16 and older)

$26.00

Crossbow Hunting (16 and older**)

$26.00

Muzzleloading (10 and older)

$13.00

Superpack

$200.00

NON-

RESIDENTS

Big Game Hunting (16 and older)

$115.00

Combination Hunting & Fishing (16 and older)

$150.00

Small Game* Hunting (16 and older)

$75.00

3-Day Small Game* Hunting (valid for 3 consecutive days)

$50.00

Junior Hunting (10 to 15 years)

$35.00

Archery Hunting (16 and older)

$75.00

Crossbow Hunting (16 and older**)

$56.00

Muzzleloading (10 and older)

$70.00

* Small game license permits hunting of all species except deer, bear, moose, wild turkey, raccoon, and bobcat.

**A resident or nonresident 10 years of age or older and under 16 years of age may hunt with a crossbow if that person holds a valid junior hunting license.

Prices do not include the $2 agent fee.

RECREATION VEHICLES – ATV’S/SNOWMOBILES

ATV and snowmobile registrations are valid from July 1st through June 30th of the following year.   ATV renewals submitted before May 1 will expire June 30th of the current year; renewals submitted after May 1 will expire June 30th of the following year. This service is provided by a third party working in partnership with the State of Maine. The total amount you pay includes funds to develop, maintain and enhance the State’s official web portal, Maine.gov, and Maine.gov online services like this one.

ATV Registration Fees 

$34 (Resident)           $69 (Non Resident)

Snowmobile Registration Fees 

$47 (Resident)          $100 (Non Resident)

 WATERCRAFT

Where can I register a boat? 

If you are registering a watercraft at the Augusta Office or in a town other than your town of legal residence, you must first pay your excise tax in your town of residence. Be sure you have a receipt that shows the annual excise tax has been paid on your watercraft or your watercraft cannot be registered at another location.

Boat excise tax must be paid by a resident to the tax collector of their town before registration. A nonresident, prior to registering a motorboat which is located in Maine more than 75 days during a calendar year, must pay an excise tax to the Maine town where the boat is principally moored, docked or located. If the boat is exempt from tax, a tax exemption form must be completed by the owner and submitted with registration application and registration fee.

Proof of payment of sales tax is required for new registrations (resident and nonresident).

Watercraft registrations are issued for a specific calendar year and are valid through December 31st of the year issued.

  1. All motorboats of any size, including airmobiles and personal watercraft, must be registered in Maine to be used on the waters of this State, except the following:
  2. Watercraft required to have a valid marine document as a watercraft of the United States. Vessels over 5 net ton used for commercial fishing must be documented. Call the U.S. Coast Guard at 1-800-799-8362 for further information;
  3. Watercraft with valid registration from another state, provided the watercraft registration number is displayed on the motorboat and the motorboat will not be in Maine over 60 consecutive days after the state of principal use has been changed;
  4. Military or public watercraft, except recreational type watercraft of the United States;
  5. A motorboat owned by the United States, a state, or subdivision thereof, which is used for governmental purposes and clearly identifiable as such;
  6. A ship’s lifeboat;
  7. Motorboats from another country which are not within Maine over 60 consecutive days; and
  8. Motorboats used exclusively for racing purposes and displaying a valid boat number issued by a recognized racing association.

Fees (*Fee includes $1.00 agent fee.)

0-10 Horsepower Motor – $26.00* with lake and river protection sticker
0-10 Horsepower Motor – $16.00* without lake and river protection sticker

11-50 Horsepower Motor – $31.00* with lake and river protection sticker
11-50 Horsepower Motor – $21.00* without lake and river protection sticker

51-115 Horsepower Motor – $37.00* with lake and river protection sticker
51-115 Horsepower Motor – $27.00* without lake and river protection sticker

Over 116 Horsepower Motor – $45.00* with lake and river protection sticker
Over 116 Horsepower Motor – $35.00* without lake and river protection sticker

Personal Watercraft – $45.00* with lake and river protection sticker
Personal Watercraft – $35.00* without lake and river protection sticker

Duplicate Boat Registration – $1.00 agent fee

Duplicate Boat Registration & Sticker – $2.00

Boat Temporary Transfer – $4.00

Agents may charge a fee of $1.00 for renewals and duplicates, and $2.00 for new registrations, rollovers, or transfers.

FISHING

LICENSE REQUIREMENTS 

No resident of this state, 16 years of age or older, or nonresident, 12 years of age or older, may fish in inland waters or transport fish taken from inland waters without first obtaining a valid Maine fishing license.

The Town issues all hunting and fishing licenses available from the Inland Fish and Wildlife Department to Maine Residents and Out-of-State residents.

FREE FISHING LICENSE PROVISIONS: 

A free fishing license will be issued, upon application, to the following:

  1. Any Maine resident* who is blind;
  2. Any Maine Indian who is a member of the Passamaquoddy, Penobscot, Maliseet ,or Micmac Tribe (must obtain licenses from their respective tribal headquarters);
  3. Any Maine resident who is a war veteran and has a service connected disability of 100%, or has served in a combat zone and has a service connected disability of 70% or more;
  4. Any Maine resident (or nonresident, if reciprocal privileges exist in the home state of the nonresident) who is suffering from the loss, or loss of use, of both lower extremities;
  5. Any mentally handicapped person (as defined in Title 34-B, §5001, sub-§3);
  6. Any person with a head injury (as defined in Title 22, §3086).

(These free licenses may be obtained at the Department Office in Augusta.)

*Resident means a citizen of the United States who is domiciled in this State or an alien who has been so domiciled for one year. You will not be considered a resident unless:

  • if registered to vote, registered in Maine;
  • if licensed to drive a motor vehicle, applied for a Maine motor vehicle license;
  • if owning a motor vehicle(s) located within the State, registered each vehicle in Maine;
  • complied with the State income tax laws; and
  • if a full-time student at a Maine college or university, resides in Maine AND satisfies above requirements.

**Nonresident means a person who does not fall within the definition of resident.

License Fees

Fishing (16 and older)

$25

Combination Fishing and Hunting

$42

Combination Fishing and Archery

$42

1-Day Fishing***

$11

Serviceman (Resident****) Combination

$3

Serviceman Dependent (Resident):

Combination

$20

Fishing or Hunting

$10

Duplicate

$2

(obtained from clerk who issued original)

Superpack

$200

Prices do not include the $2 agent fee.

For complete information on all aspects of hunting and fishing in Maine, as well as links to all rules, schedules, lotteries, and related news go to:  http://www.maine.gov/ifw/