There are so many amazing ways to enjoy winters in Maine and since it is now officially winter, thanks to the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, we have some amazing ways to get out and enjoy all our state has to offer!

1 – Go on a Snowshoe Adventure

Grab a pair of snowshoes and head to the woods for an adventure! Find a trail near you on Maine Trail Finder

2 – Ice Fishing

Ice fishing is an exciting hobby that can be enjoyed close to home with just a few pieces equipment. Check out the new Beginner’s Guide to Ice Fishing in Maine. View the monthly fishing report and buy your license online.

3 – Citizen Science Projects

Help with important wildlife projects. Share your bird sightings with the Maine Bird Atlas.

4 – Hunting Different Species

There are hunting opportunities across the state in the winter, including snowshoe hare and predator hunting. One of the best ways to target a new species is to hire a Registered Maine Guide. Learn more about hunting in Maine.

5 – Watch Wildlife

Winter can be an exciting time to spot wildlife. Download a pocket guide to Maine animal tracks.

6- Snowmobiling

If you don’t own a snowmobile, consider renting one and going on a guided tour. Learn more about snowmobiling in Maine. Most snowmobile trails are not yet open for the season yet. Check with a local club or visit

7- Visit a Wildlife Management Area

Wildlife Management Areas, located throughout the state, offer an opportunity for recreation and protected wildlife habitat. Find a Wildlife Management Area near you.

8 – Fun Close to Home

You don’t need to travel far to reap the benefits of fresh air! Build a snowman, go for a walk, or build a fort.

9 – Go to a Shooting Range

Winter is a great time to head to the range to target practice or learn how to shoot a gun or bow for the first time. Find a shooting range near you.

10 – Recreational Safety Courses

If you want to try hunting this winter or get ready for turkey hunting this spring, take hunter safety online!

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