Hunting Policy

Orono Land Trust Hunting Policy

(Updated August 14, 2016)

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 on PKCA, but no permit is required on other OLT fee lands listed below.

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:

  • Dorion Land: All game species, all methods of take.
  • 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.  PERMIT REQUIRED, 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 PINEY KNOLL CONSERVATION AREA (PKCA) owned by Orono Land Trust, send an email to with your name and contact information. 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.

(Only PKCA and HSU land is in the expanded Archery Deer Zone of OLT owned lands)

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 10 – December 10, 2016.  See Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife ( for details of the white-tailed deer extended 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 “tree 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. If a stand remains after the two-week period you will forfeit the stand and we will remove it. 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. If you did not hunt, send us that information. Not submitting a report may be cause to deny a permit in subsequent years. 

___PKCA___.  Permission is granted to _____________for the 2016 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 Marsh Island Preserve, now known as Piney Knoll Conservation Area (PKCA), 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 on this OLT property. PERMISSION GRANTED on: _______________
by Orono Land Trust, 
P. O. Box 4
Orono, ME  04473

For the Board, Jerry Longcore, Hunt Coordinator (866-3104) /signed / issued/

  • This Map depicts all of the properties except Otter Point, which lies along Pushaw Lake and is surrounded mostly by land closed to hunting.
  • PKCA Map available here: PKCA Trail Map

To Contact Us:

Orono Land Trust, 
P.O. Box 4, 
Orono, ME 04473
Ray (Bucky) Owen, 
(207) 866-4892 or <>