What to Bring

Suggested Items to Bring on Your Hunting Trip

Going on your first deer or moose hunt with Maine Deer Hunting? Here’s a helpful checklist to reference for what to bring on your Maine hunt while you prepare.

Hunting License

Non-resident hunting and fishing licenses can be purchased at most sporting goods stores in Maine, i.e. Kittery Trading Post, LL Bean, and at other local stores. For license information, we recommend that you visit the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife website at www.state.me.us/ifw or call 207-287-8000. Note: you must have a copy of an old hunting license (from any state), or proof you have taken an NRA-certified Hunters Safety Course, to buy a Maine Hunting License. We strongly suggest you purchase your hunting license before you arrive in The Forks.

Personal Items

Be prepared for all of the elements, including extreme cold, rain, and snow. Bring multiple layers and changes of clothing for your hunt. Wool, polyester, fleece, and other quick-dry materials are ideal. Clothing recommendations are listed below, but bring any additional items as needed.

  • Solid fluorescent orange vest and hat (State Law)
  • Very heavy wool jacket or down parka
  • 2 wool shirts
  • 2 long underwear tops
  • Insulated vest
  • 2 long underwear bottoms
  • 2 pairs of wool pants (not jeans or cotten pants)
  • 4 pairs of wool socks
  • 2 pairs of warm waterproof rubber boots
  • Rain gear
  • 2 hats (1 wool hat, 1 baseball cap or visor)
  • 2 pairs of winter gloves
  • Knife
  • GPS
  • Ball compass
  • Pocket flashlight
  • Toiletry items
  • 25′ of rope to haul gear up into your tree stand
  • Ear plugs for sleeping
  • Your personal tree stand harness (we can supply a basic 3 point harness, but highly recommend that you bring your own that you are familiar with).

Optional items if you have them:

  • Portable tree stand
  • Snowshoes – seldom needed, but proven extremely helpful on rare occasions
  • Shotgun for grouse

Note: Our guides utilize the “onX Hunt” app. We highly recommend that you download the free trial and familiarize yourself with the app before you arrive for your hunt. It will help make sure your week goes smoothly.

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