Maine Revised Statutes

§11214. Unlawful use or possession of implements or aids

1. Prohibition.  A person may not:
A. Use for hunting or possess for hunting any automatic firearm. This paragraph does not apply to:
(1) Military organizations authorized by law to bear arms or to the National Guard in the performance of its duty; or
(2) Firearms using the .22 caliber rimfire cartridge or to any autoloading pistol having a barrel less than 8 inches in length; [2003, c. 414, Pt. A, §2 (NEW); 2003, c. 614, §9 (AFF).]
B. Use for hunting or possess for hunting any autoloading firearm having a magazine capacity of more than 5 cartridges. All autoloading firearms having a magazine capacity in excess of 5 cartridges must have the magazine permanently altered to contain not more than 5 cartridges before the autoloading firearm may be used in this State for hunting. This paragraph does not apply to:
(1) Military organizations authorized by law to bear arms or to the National Guard in the performance of its duty; or
(2) Firearms using the .22 caliber rimfire cartridge or to any autoloading pistol having a barrel less than 8 inches in length; [2003, c. 414, Pt. A, §2 (NEW); 2003, c. 614, §9 (AFF).]
C. Except as allowed under section 11161, use for hunting or possess for hunting any firearm fitted or contrived with a device for deadening the sound of explosion. This paragraph does not apply to:
(1) Military organizations authorized by law to bear arms or to the National Guard in the performance of its duty; [2015, c. 262, §2 (AMD).]
D. Use for hunting cartridges containing tracer bullets. This paragraph does not apply to:
(1) Military organizations authorized by law to bear arms or to the National Guard in the performance of its duty; or
(2) Firearms using the .22 caliber rimfire cartridge or to any autoloading pistol having a barrel less than 8 inches in length; [2003, c. 414, Pt. A, §2 (NEW); 2003, c. 614, §9 (AFF).]
E. Use for hunting cartridges containing explosive bullets. This paragraph does not apply to:
(1) Military organizations authorized by law to bear arms or to the National Guard in the performance of its duty; or
(2) Firearms using the .22 caliber rimfire cartridge or to any autoloading pistol having a barrel less than 8 inches in length; [2003, c. 414, Pt. A, §2 (NEW); 2003, c. 614, §9 (AFF).]
F. Hunt migratory game birds with a shotgun of any description originally capable of holding more than 3 shells, unless the shotgun's magazine has been cut off, altered or plugged with a one-piece filler incapable of removal without disassembling the gun so as to reduce the capacity of the gun to not more than 3 shells in the magazine and chamber combined. This paragraph does not apply to:
(1) Military organizations authorized by law to bear arms or to the National Guard in the performance of its duty; [2003, c. 414, Pt. A, §2 (NEW); 2003, c. 614, §9 (AFF).]
G. Hunt a wild animal or wild bird with a set bow; [2015, c. 301, §15 (AMD).]
H. Use for hunting or possess for hunting an arrow or a bolt having either an explosive or poisonous tip; [2005, c. 477, §10 (AMD).]
I. Allow duck decoys to remain in waters of Merrymeeting Bay at any time during the period from one hour after legal shooting time until one hour before legal shooting time the next day; [2003, c. 414, Pt. A, §2 (NEW); 2003, c. 614, §9 (AFF).]
J. Leave or allow to remain in waters of Merrymeeting Bay an artificial cover, that is, a "stationary blind," or parts of an artificial cover used for hunting purposes between one hour after legal shooting time and one hour before legal shooting time the next day; [2003, c. 414, Pt. A, §2 (NEW); 2003, c. 614, §9 (AFF).]
K. Use a dog to hunt deer or moose, except as provided in section 11111 or 12862; [2015, c. 90, §3 (AMD).]
L. Use an artificial light, snare, trap or set gun to hunt deer or moose. This paragraph does not affect or restrict the legitimate possession and sale of flashlights or the lawful use of an artificial light to aid in the tracking of a wounded animal pursuant to section 11111 or 12862; [2015, c. 90, §3 (AMD).]
M. Use artificial lights between 1/2 hour after sunset and 1/2 hour before sunrise the next day to illuminate, jack, locate, attempt to locate or show up wild animals or wild birds from September 1st to December 15th of each calendar year. This paragraph does not affect chapter 921, any rule issued in accordance with section 10104, subsection 1 or the lawful use of an artificial light to aid in the tracking of a wounded animal pursuant to section 11111 or 12862; [2015, c. 90, §3 (AMD).]
N. Hunt a wild animal or wild bird by any method other than by the usual method of shooting with a firearm not larger than number 10-gauge, shooting with a hand-held bow and arrow or shooting with a crossbow or by falconry; [2015, c. 301, §16 (AMD).]
O. Possess a wild animal or wild bird taken in violation of this section, except as otherwise provided in this Part; or [2015, c. 301, §16 (AMD).]
P. Use a bow and arrow to hunt deer, bear or moose unless:
(1) For hunting deer and bear, the minimum draw weight of the bow is 35 pounds;
(2) For hunting moose, the minimum draw weight of the bow is 45 pounds; and
(3) The arrowhead, including mechanical broadheads when open, is at least 7/8 inch in width. [2015, c. 301, §17 (NEW).]
[ 2015, c. 90, §3 (AMD); 2015, c. 262, §2 (AMD); 2015, c. 301, §§15-17 (AMD) .]
2. Penalty.  A person who violates subsection 1 commits a Class E crime.
[ 2003, c. 655, Pt. B, §146 (NEW); 2003, c. 655, Pt. B, §422 (AFF) .]
SECTION HISTORY
2003, c. 414, §A2 (NEW). 2003, c. 414, §D7 (AFF). 2003, c. 614, §9 (AFF). 2003, c. 655, §B146 (AMD). 2003, c. 655, §B422 (AFF). 2005, c. 419, §6 (AMD). 2005, c. 419, §12 (AFF). 2005, c. 477, §10 (AMD). 2013, c. 538, §27 (AMD). 2015, c. 90, §3 (AMD). 2015, c. 262, §2 (AMD). 2015, c. 301, §§15-17 (AMD).