Crossbow Hunting License Fact Sheet

1).  To be eligible to purchase a crossbow hunting license the customer must
       hold a valid license to hunt big game (either a big game hunting license 
       or an archery license).

2).  Customer must submit proof of having successfully completed an
      archery hunting education course and a crossbow hunting course or
      satisfactory evidence of having previously held adult archery and
      crossbow hunting licenses in this State or any other state, province or
      country in any year after 1979. When proof or evidence cannot be
      provided, the applicant may substitute a signed affidavit.

3).  A resident or nonresident 10 years of age or older and under 16 years of
      age may hunt with a crossbow if that person holds a valid junior hunting
      license (no crossbow license required).

4).  With a valid crossbow hunting license, a person may hunt bear with
       a crossbow during the open season on bear and may hunt deer with
       a crossbow during the open firearm season on deer.

5).  Crossbow hunting courses are available from the Department of Inland
       Fisheries & Wildlife. Please check our web site at mefishwildlife.com
       for details on class schedules.

6).  A crossbow hunting license is included as part of a Native American
      Hunting License, a Disabled Veteran Hunting License, and a Lifetime
      Hunting License of a person over 70 years of age provided that they
      meet the archery and crossbow safety course requirements.

7).  A person 70 years of age or older may hunt a wild bird or a wild animal
      with a crossbow during any open season on that wild bird or animal
      subject to all other laws pertaining to those seasons, birds, or animals.
      This includes hunting with a crossbow during an expanded archery
      season or in an expanded archery zone or during the muzzle-loading only
      deer hunting season subject to all other laws pertaining to those seasons
      and zones. It also includes hunting moose with a crossbow subject to all
      other laws pertaining to moose hunting. All persons hunting with a
      crossbow under this provision must meet the archery and crossbow
      safety course requirements.

8).  A convicted felon is allowed to hunt with a crossbow but must meet the
      archery and crossbow safety course requirements and must hold a valid
      archery and crossbow license.