Maine’s moose hunt is a “permit only” hunt. 2,080 permits were issued for the 2017 moose hunt. Each permittee may select a subpermittee to hunt with them. Applications are available by January 31. A person may not hunt moose with an apprentice hunter license. The bag limit is one moose per year, by either permittee or subpermittee. A person 10 years or age or older on the opening day of the moose hunt is eligible to apply for a moose hunting permit in that calendar year. A person under the age of 10 on the opening day of the moose hunting season may apply to earn a point in the lottery system, but cannot receive a permit.
Permits for 65 years old and older: A resident 65 years of age or older with 30 points or more in the moose lottery system who applies for a moose permit is guaranteed a permit.
Permits for sporting camp owners: In any year when moose permit numbers exceed 3,140 persons who operate a sporting camp and meet specific requirements defined in the law may apply for a moose permit through a chance drawing which is separate from the regular moose lottery.
2018 Moose Permit Hunt Seasons
|Wildlife Management District (WMD)||Dates|
|WMD’s 1 through 6, 11, and 19||September 24 – September 29, 2018|
|WMD’s 1 through 14, 17 through 19, 27, and 28||October 8 – October 13, 2018|
|WMD’s 1 through 4, and 19||October 22 – October 27, 2018|
|WMD’s 15, 16, 23, 25, and 26||October 29 – November 24, 2018|
|WMD’s 15, 16, 23, 25, and 26 |
Maine Resident Permit Holders Only
|October 27, 2018|
|All dates are inclusive except that hunting is prohibited on Sunday. |
See Laws Pertaining to Hunting Equipment for information on the use of crossbows.