Deer hunting prohibition in 4 Maine towns lifted

Published: Oct. 27, 2023 at 12:22 PM EDT|Updated: Oct. 27, 2023 at 10:40 PM EDT
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LEWISTON, Maine (WABI) - 10:35 p.m.: The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife is repealing the Shelter In Place hunting prohibition that was set to begin at 12:01 a.m. on Oct. 28. in the towns of Bowdoin, Lewiston, Lisbon and Monmouth.

Officials say seasons will begin and continue as originally established in these towns.

The Maine mass murder suspect, Robert Card, was found dead Friday evening.

5:04 p.m.: Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife is prohibiting all hunting in the towns of Bowdoin, Lewiston, Lisbon, and Monmouth.

This goes into effect at 12:01 a.m. Oct. 28 and will be in place until further notice.

Previous story: Maine’s deer hunt, rifle season begins Saturday.

Oct. 28 is a Maine-resident only day. Firearms season opens to everyone on Monday.

But as the manhunt for Robert Card continues, and with some areas of the state under a stay-in-place directive, it’s unknown how all that will impact the hunt.

The Department of Public Safety commissioner says they’re currently having conversations with the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife about that very topic.

“I would expect to hear more about that later in the day. It’s a big deal in Maine. It may not be a big deal for other people from other communities but we know what that’s going to look like. We also know that we’re in the woods. If you just happen to be in the woods minding your own business, going for a walk, that’s going to make us a little concerned. So, it’s definitely a good question and something that we’re actively working on,” said Mike Sauschuck, commissioner, Maine Department of Public Safety.