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It’s hunting season, don’t forget your blaze orange

Harpswell Heritage Land Trust (HHLT) is dedicated to providing public access to its preserves for many uses, including hunting. If you like to get outdoors in November, we urge you (and your dogs) to wear blaze orange.

In 2018, firearms season for deer runs from October 29 to November 24. Muzzleloader season extends to December 8 in Harpswell. Maine Law prohibits hunting on Sundays. The only types of guns that can be used in Harpswell are shotguns, rimfire arms, and black powder guns. Bullets from these types of guns do not travel as far as rifle bullets.

Hunting is allowed on the following Harpswell preserves and trails:

Birch Island South Preserve
Cliff Trail (Town of Harpswell)
Crow Island Preserve
Curtis Farm Preserve
Devil’s Back Trail Area (Town of Harpswell)
Doughty Point and Island Preserve
Hackett and Minot Trails
Helen and Walter Norton Preserve (Birch Island)
Little Yarmouth Island Preserve
Long Reach Preserve
Otter Brook Preserve
Pott’s Point Preserve (duck hunting)
Skolfield Shores Preserve
White Island Preserve

Trapping (by permit only) is allowed on the following Harpswell Heritage Land Trust preserves:

Curtis Farm Preserve
Helen and Walter Norton Preserve (Birch Island)
Little Yarmouth Island Preserve
Long Reach Preserve
Skolfield Shores Preserve
White Island Preserve

Hunting and trapping are not allowed on the following Harpswell preserves and trails:

Bowdoin College Coastal Studies Center
Giant’s Stairs Trail and McIntosh Lot Preserve (Town of Harpswell and HHLT)
Houghton Graves Park
Johnson Field Preserve and Mackerel Cove Lot (HHLT and Town of Harpswell)
Mitchell Field (Town of Harpswell)
Stover’s Point Preserve
Widgeon Cove Trail
Wilson’s Cove Trail

A permit from HHLT is required to place or use tree stands, ground blinds (permitted for duck hunting only), or traps. For more information, contact HHLT: steward@hhltmaine.org or (207) 721-1121. Hunters may not shoot across mapped trails and baiting is prohibited except for trapping.

For more information about Maine’s hunting seasons and regulations, contact the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife at (207) 287-8000.