Hunters come from as far away as Alabama to hunt American woodcock at Moosehorn National Wildlife Refuge. The refuge has been open to deer hunting since 1954. When it expanded its big-game program and opened upland game and waterfowl hunting in 2005, word spread quickly. The refuge has two divisions open to hunting: Baring and Edmunds. At the northern end of the Atlantic Flyway, the refuge has critical alder thicket that provides habitat for the threatened woodcock, which is thriving at the refuge. A varied landscape of rolling hills, large ledge outcrops, streams, lakes, bogs and marshes, the 29,196-acre refuge also provides important feeding and nesting habitat for other types of birds, including shorebirds, upland game birds, songbirds, ducks, geese and common loons. The best waterfowl hunting opportunities are available at Edmunds. A refuge hunt permit is required and can be obtained at the refuge headquarters office or downloaded below.
The two divisions of the refuge-Baring Division and Edmunds division-provide opportunities to hunt most species for which there are seasons under State of Maine Law.