I have lived 52 years here in maine and I have some advice:
DO what you want, but know what it is like here. Today in the national press there is a story about Maine's population on welfare- it is 20%. WE have a profoundly liberal government, and many of the old time Yankees are long gone and forgotten. SOuthern Maine is Mass/North. Deer populations are down so much Doe permits are exceptionally limited anywhere north of Bangor. Your list of bagged games is FAR bigger than what you will get here for deer. Jobs here are at a premium- and the largest employers are in Portland or Bath. The paper industry is almost dead- which leads to a failure in the wood yards. We have a high state income tax of 8.2% starting at $10K----which means we tax the poor-alot. We have a 5% sales tax, and a 7% sin tax...and excise taxes are forever here( I think of them as success taxes- if you buy a boat, you will pay FOREVER to register it)....we pay taxes on STICKER price here, not on what you actually pay. Figure if you buy a boat/or truck that you need to add 10% for sales/excise taxes. The education of kids is good here, with about 90% literacy/graduations at the better schools-----and 61% at the poorer schools. There is a huge)and growing) anti-gun population on the coast and in SOuthern Maine. The 2 Congressional Reps have a combined I.Q. of 57...but a 100% rating as tax and spend liberals.
Our Governor has room in his mouth for 17 feet...as he puts many feet in his mouth each month. We are clannish and crude, WE are anti-"from away", until we know you and disprove that you are just another know-it-all flatlander. The fishing is poor, but better than most states, and the p"tridge hunting is near a peak year this year. Woodcock numbers are down, there are few Mallards, but many Blacks( of which you can shoot 1), eider numbers have crashed in the Midcoast area- but merganzers abound.
The new coastal zone is STELLAR and adds much to hunting. A NICE house in northern Maine is cheaper than a shack in Rhode Island...(Typically $100K will buy a decent house). Gas is expensive as we are at the end of the string. Property taxes are $3K for my 5acres and house. We average less than 20 murders per year, but we steal it if it isn't protected. Everyone has guns...unless you live near Portland. Dogs are family members and cats are considered a poor mischance, or the wife's cost of living with you. We drink. A LOT....but cheap booze. Learn what ass in a glass is, and beware any woman who likes it. (because she will want to marry you) We still have Hippies. Cars need inspection, but many fail it and still seem to be on the road. Going to camp is a consistent weekend plan. Fiddleheads give you the trots, and black flies are somewhat an irritant...or make you want to kill someone for about 6 weeks each spring. Mud season is a SEASON, and not a joke.
People here will give you a shirt, share a beer, let you TAKE their truck is you need a tow and if you are stuck (and Wheel of Fortune is on)...[had it happen}. Dry humor, and an subtle level of knowledge that we prefer to be underestimated about.
Good luck- as 90% of us heat with oil. and wood...
Come on up- we need some more tax payers- and hunters....