Hunting Policy

Orono Land Trust Hunting Policy

(Updated December 9, 2013)

A reminder that bow hunting on PINEY KNOLL (PKCA) ends this Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013.  BOW hunting only is permitted on PKCA.
A 2nd reminder that OLT DOES NOT issue permits (nor could we) for hunting on any Town of Orono lands (e.g., Stillwater River Trail)


It is the policy of Orono Land Trust to permit use of its fee lands for a diversity of outdoor recreational activities.  Hunting of game species, where appropriate and under conditions where the activity can be pursued to ensure safely of the hunter and other users of the property, is allowed by permit only.

The following rules apply to all types of hunting, for all species of game, and by usual means of take (bow & arrow, shotgun, rifle).  The following OLT properties are open for hunting consistent with Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife current regulations, with the standard season being September 27 – October 28, 2013:

  • Hsu Land: All game species, all methods of take.
  • Newman Hill Land:  All game species, all methods of take.
  • Piney Knoll Conservation Area:  Only White-tailed deer, ONLY BY BOW & ARROW.  See special instructions below.
  • Thibodeau Land:  All game species, all methods of take.
  • Wickett Land:  White-tailed deer (ONLY BY BOW & ARROW).  Other game species, ONLY BY SHOTGUN.

***Establishment of a “bait” station for attracting black bear is NOT ALLOWED on OLT lands***


To obtain a permit to hunt on any property owned by Orono Land Trust send an email to with your name and contact information and the property where you intend to hunt.  Send a copy of your email to who will issue the permit. We will send a permit (see below) that you must acknowledge by return email to validate your permit. We will share contact information with all hunters who request permission.


The Orono Land Trust, Board of Directors approves hunting of white-tailed deer by bow & arrow on Piney Knoll Conservation Area [PKCA] during the Expanded Archery Season, which is  September 7 – December 14.  See Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife ( for details of the white-tailed deer archery season.

1. Hunters who apply must fulfill all license, training requirements, and regulations of ME DIF&W for archery hunting.

2. SAFETY to hunters, the public, and domestic animals is paramount.  Take all safety precautions and be aware of the horses and goats on the Trask property that abuts OLT property.  For safety, please hunt from a temporary “stand” and do not stalk deer.  Do not use the “stand” of another hunter without permission.

3. Dispose of deer entrails appropriately, preferably off the OLT property, but not on Orono Town land or other nearby private property.

4. Tree stands must be removed within 2 weeks after conclusion of the archery-hunting season each year.  Also, remove all “scent” tags if you used them.

5. After the hunt period we would appreciate comments on your experience(s), including the number of hours spent hunting on OLT land and results of your efforts.

HUNTER ENTRY PERMIT: Property: __________  (PKCA, Hsu, Newman Hill, etc.).  Permission is granted to ______________for the 2013 Expanded Archery Season for the purpose of bow hunting for white-tailed deer.  OLT will not be required to provide permittees warnings of hazards, hazardous conditions or use of any structures or activities on the land.  OLT does not grant any assurance to permittees that the premises are safe and do not assume, in any way, the responsibility, or incur liability for any injury to any person or property caused by any act by persons to whom permission is granted.  Permittees shall indemnify OLT and hold OLT and its members harmless for any and all actions or causes of action that result from the permittee’s use of the land.  Permittees are solely responsible for any environmental damage caused by a permittee’s activities. This permit is granted only to the permittees and is non-transferable. The Piney Knoll Conservation Area is a multi-recreational area; undue conflict between hunters and other recreational users may result in loss of hunting opportunity on this property.

Keep permit on your person when hunting OLT lands.
Orono Land Trust
P. O. Box 4
Orono, ME  04473

For the Board, Jerry Longcore, Past President (866-3104)

  • The Corridor Map depicts some properties, but not Wickett property, which lies west of Perch Pond and is surrounded mostly by land closed to hunting.
  • PKCA Map available here: PKCA Trail Map