With November soon approaching, cool overnight temperatures aren’t the only change on the way. Firearms season begins on October 29th for Maine residents and continues until November 26th. Before you leave the house, remember to bring blaze orange if you are visiting a Land Trust trail where hunting is allowed and to leash your dog! There are blaze orange hats and bandanas available at the BTLT info booth at the Saturday Farmers’ Market at Crystal Spring Farm 10/19 and 11/5.
Hunting is allowed on the following properties with public trails – some properties allow bowhunting only, others allow firearms as well. See below for more information.
- Bradley Pond Farm* – The easement landowners of this property hunt using firearms.
- Chase Reserve* – The easement landowners of this property allow bowhunting as well as hunting with a firearm on this property.
- Crystal Spring Farm – Bowhunting only by permission only is allowed by the Land Trust.
- Maquoit Bay Conservation Lands* – Hunting is allowed by the Town of Brunswick. Visit the Town of Brunswick website for more information.
- Tarbox Preserve – Bowhunting only by permission only is allowed by the Land Trust. Waterfowl hunting is also permitted.
- Woodward Cove – Bowhunting only by permission only is allowed by the Land Trust. Waterfowl hunting is also permitted.
- Woodward Point – Owned by Maine Coast Heritage Trust and co-managed with the Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust, bowhunting only by permission only is allowed on this property. MCHT staff should be contacted to obtain hunting permission.
Prefer to not visit trails where hunting is allowed this fall? The following properties with public trails do not allow hunting.
- Androscoggin Woods – Hunting is prohibited but note that waterfowl hunting along the Androscoggin River is common.
- Cathance River Nature Preserve – Hunting is prohibited.
- Head of Tide Park – Hunting is prohibited.
- Neptune Woods – Hunting is prohibited.
- Skolfield Preserve – Hunting is prohibited but note that waterfowl hunting in Middle Bay is common.
- Smart/Town Landing Trail – Hunting is prohibited but note that waterfowl hunting in Middle Bay is common.
*A privately owned property where the Land Trust holds a conservation easement. The landowner of these properties can allow or prohibit hunting in consultation with the Land Trust to ensure that the public can still safely access trails where hunting is allowed.
Interested in hunting on Land Trust properties or learning more about hunting season? Visit btlt.org/itshuntingseason to view a list of the properties where hunting is allowed by permission and learn about our permission process. The hunting lottery for fall 2022 is closed, but permission request forms can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org at any time to be considered for the upcoming hunting season.