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Updated: Jan 3, 2023


MLT supports the region’s rich tradition of respectful public use of private land for recreation, including hunting. Some properties do not allow hunting due to restrictions imposed by donors of the land, and special restrictions may apply to properties due to proximity to residences and other safety concerns. However, even on MLT lands that do not allow hunting, the best practice is always to wear blaze orange during hunting season. Please review the rules and details below, and call or email us with any questions.

  1. All state and local laws must be followed.

  2. Shooting across established trails is prohibited.

  3. Prior written permission is required to place a deer stand. Use of nails, screws, or screw-in steps are not permitted.

    • Stands must be labeled with your name and contact information.

    • Stands may be placed one month prior to opening day and must be removed within one month of the end of hunting season.

    • Any stands placed on the property outside of that timeframe may be removed.

  4. We recommend the use of non-lead ammunition.

  5. Motorized vehicles are not allowed for hunting.

  6. Target shooting is prohibited on all our properties.

Before hunting on MLT land, please read the following carefully:

Androscoggin River Islands

Hunting is allowed on island lands owned by MLT.

Androscoggin River Landings

River landings are small, recreational access points for kayaks, canoes, and drift boats--hunting is prohibited.

Glassface Ledges Conservation Area (Rumford Center)

Hunting is allowed in the Glassface Ledges Conservation Area. The hiking trail to the Ledges is used throughout the year. Shooting across MLT trails is prohibited.

Intervale Gateway (Bethel)

Hunting is prohibited on the Intervale Gateway property due to proximity to residences and public roads.

Rumford Whitecap Mountain Preserve (including Ellis River Conservation Area and “Lots 36 and 37”), Rumford

Hunting is allowed, and guaranteed as a condition of funding from the Land for Maine’s Future program. The hiking trails are used throughout the year. Shooting across MLT trails is prohibited.

Scruton Family Tree Farm

Hunting is allowed on the Scruton Family Tree Farm.

Shelburne Riverlands

Hunting is allowed on the Shelburne Riverlands. There are hiking trails on the State Line parcel only.

Stewart Family Preserve (Top of Puzzle Mountain, Newry)

Hunting is allowed on the Stewart Family Preserve. The Grafton Loop Trail from Route 26 to the Preserve is not on MLT land, and permission is required from the owners. The hiking trails are used throughout the year. Shooting across MLT trails is prohibited.

Valentine Farm (Bethel) and McCoy-Chapman Forest (Gilead, Newry, Bethel)

Grantor restrictions in the transfers of both of these properties prohibit hunting.

All other properties owned by MLT

Special conditions may apply. If you have a question about a property owned by MLT that is not on the above list, please contact us at 207-824-3806 or

Special note regarding conservation easement properties

MLT holds conservation easements on lands other than the above properties. These are owned by other landowners, who control access to their lands and should be contacted directly for access permissions.

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