— 1830: First restrictions on deer hunting; season set at Sept. 1 through Dec. 31, no bag limit.
— 1873: First bag limit, three deer per hunter per year.
— 1895: Bag limit reduced to two deer per hunter per year.
— 1906: Nonresidents required, for the first time, to purchase licenses for deer hunting annually.
— 1916: Taking of deer for provisioning logging camps outlawed.
— 1919: Mandatory deer registration began; residents required to purchase “good for life” license; nonresidents still required to purchase annual license.
— 1925: Bag limit set at one deer of either sex, statewide.
— 1967: Deer hunters required to wear fluorescent orange clothing during regular firearms season in southern and central Maine. Later required statewide.
— 1977: Legislature restricted the Saturday before regular firearms season be open for resident hunting only.
— 2002: Department establishes one-day, youth-only hunting opportunity to precede the opening of resident firearms by one week. Youths are allowed to take a deer of either sex.
Source: Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife