Hunting Information

It’s almost hunting season!

Expanded archery deer hunting season begins Saturday, September 12th and ends December 12th in 2020.

Please note that hunting on Sundays is illegal in Maine.

The Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust (BTLT) allows hunting by permission only on some of the properties that BTLT owns, including Crystal Spring Farm. BTLT requires that all interested hunters speak on the phone or come in to meet with staff before receiving permission to review property boundaries, the location of any trails, and BTLT’s hunting rules listed below.

Please note: BTLT will be giving permission beginning August 3rd, 2020 to hunt at Crystal Spring Farm on a first come, first serve basis until we meet our cap of hunters for the season and/or hunting season begins. Once hunting season has started, BTLT will no longer be giving permission to hunt for the current season.

Hikers should wear blaze orange and exercise caution during hunting season.

Please stay on marked trails and keep your dogs on leash.

Hunting is not only an important tradition in Maine, but an important management tool to protect farmers’ livelihoods. Deer can ravage crops overnight and create a significant burden for farmers, straining their finances, time, and labor, and in an effort to support the active farming at Crystal Spring Farm, BTLT allows safe and controlled bow hunting.

Hunters are expected to follow all state laws and local ordinances when hunting on BTLT properties, as well as the following rules:

  • Hunting is allowed with permission only;
  • Tree stands must be removed daily;
  • Hunters must remove all parts of deer bagged on BTLT properties;
  • Tree stands should be marked with the owner’s name as required by law ;
  • Hunters are expected to notify the BTLT office if they see anything we should know about;
  • Hunters should know the location of trails, patterns of use, property boundaries, and nearby residences;
  • Hunters should cross onto adjacent properties only if they have that landowner’s permission.

Click the map above for a larger, printable version.

Hunting at Crystal Spring Farm is bow hunting only by permission only for deer and turkey hunting. Please use designated parking areas indicated on the map below and do not park in farm lanes — they must be kept open for farm and emergency vehicles.

If you have any questions about BTLT’s hunting policies or properties, please contact Margaret Gerber at margaret@btlt.org or call the office at 729-7694.

For more information about this year’s hunting season and hunting laws, please visit the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.

If you have questions about hunting or see any illegal hunting activity taking place, you can contact a Game Warden 24-hours a day at 1-800-452-4664.