2. How many moose hunting permits are there annually in Maine?
Over 4,000 a year, and they are split up between 22 Wildlife Management Districts ("WMD"). Some WMDs have just "Bull Only Permits" ("BOP"); some include "Antlerless Only Permits ("AOP") as well.
3. How do I get a Maine Moose Permit?
You enter a drawing held by the Maine Dept. of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife, or submit a sealed bid for one of ten moose permits awarded through the Maine Moose Auction. Click here for more auction info.
4. Can non-residents apply for moose permits?
Yes, by law, ten percent (10%) of the permits for each WMD go to non-resident applicants. The non-resident pool is separate from the resident pool, i.e. a completely separate drawing.
5. How do I apply?
You can apply on-line at www.mefishwildlife.com . Maine F&W will no longer send out paper applications. At the F&W website, click on the moose. Contact me if you want a paper application. Click on my "Districts & Seasons" page to get my recommendations.
6. When do I need to apply?
You can start around Feb. 1, and the deadline for online entry is in mid-May. Paper application deadline is postmarked April 1st.
7. How much is the application fee?
2013 rates: One chance for a non-resident is $15.00; three chances are $25.00; six are $35.00; and ten chance groups are $55.00, and quantity is unlimited when purchased in groups of ten. For example: 50 chances are $275.00; five 10 chance groups times $55 = $275.00. Only non-residents can buy unlimited chances. If you are not picked, you get no money back.
8. When is the drawing?
mid - June, 2014. Results are posted on the Maine Fish & Wildlife website, usually by 9PM.
9. What are my odds of being selected?
Not good, but getting better. The non-resident pool has dropped from around 19,000 applicants to about 15,000 applicants in 2013. Resident applications are way down too.
10. How much is a non-resident moose permit?
$585.00, and it is not due until after the drawing.
11. How much is a non-resident Maine Big Game Hunting License?
$116.00, and you needn't buy one unless you are selected for a moose permit and choose to accept it.
12. What if I hunt only with a bow?
You don't need the Big Game License, but you need an Archery License ($74.00).
13. Do my odds of being picked increase or decrease according to my WMD choices?
14. Is designating a sub-permittee required?
No. Having a sub-permittee is merely an option that promotes increased participation in the drawing, and a subsequent increase in income for the Fish & Wildlife Department. PLEASE read #7 on my menu page entitled "Increasing Trophy Odds".
Please click on "Districts & Season" at upper left to get more detailed information on making season & WMD choices.