Maine’s moose population is the largest of all the lower 48 states, estimated at 60-70,000 animals. This presents an incredible hunting opportunity for those lucky enough to win a Maine moose permit. And the appeal is no secret — every year, the Maine moose hunt is among the most coveted in the nation, with an average of 50,000 applications for the 2,000 to 3,000 moose permits typically issued.
Whether you’re walking/stalking in the woods, using a ground blind/tree stand or plying the waterways, the natural beauty of the Maine wilderness makes each moose hunt a worthwhile pursuit — even when you don’t tag out. That said, your chances are strong. Success rates for permit holders over the past 10 years have been over 70 percent. Every year, among those success stories are several moose exceeding 1,000 lbs. dressed weight; and trophy racks are not uncommon.
Apply for a permit
To hunt for moose in Maine, you will need a permit; and due to high demand, these permits are administered through a chance lottery.
Apply Online: visit to maine.gov/online/moose and fill out the online moose permit application. There, you’ll be able to indicate several preferences, including:
WMD preferences – which districts you’d be willing to accept a permit in, and if you’d accept a permit in another WMD if your name is drawn and all of your top choices are filled
Season preferences – if you only want to hunt in a specific month.
Antlerless preference – whether or not you would accept an antlerless permit.
Your sub-permittee – This is someone authorized to participate with you in your moose hunt. You can designate an alternate sub-permittee, and can apply with MDIFW to change either of these names up to 30 days before the hunting season begins.
Application Deadline: 11:59 p.m. on May 15, 2018
Want to be there for the drawing?
Attend the Skowhegan Moose Fest June 8-10 at the Skowhegan Fairgrounds (drawing will take place on June 9). More info: skoweganmoosefest.com.