Moose Hunting

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Moose Hunting Permit

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.