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Moose Hunting Permit

Maine's moose hunt is a "permit only" hunt. 3,135 permits were issued for the 2020 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.

Note: A new law has changed the definition of antlerless moose to mean: a moose without antlers. An Anterless moose permit allows the permittee to harvest a female moose without antlers or a male calf moose without antlers.

Permit donation to veterans: A person who receives a moose permit may transfer that permit to a disabled veteran or may return the permit to MDIFW so the permit can be transfered to a disabled veteran through the Department of Veteran’s Affairs. The disabled veteran must meet eligibility and permit requirements. A transferor and a transferee of the permit are subject to the elimination of any accumulated points and the 3-year ineligibility period to reapply for a moose 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 Hunting Lodges: Beginning in 2019, the Commissioner may allocate up to 2% of the moose hunting permits for a special chance lottery that is separate from the regular moose permit lottery, to hunting outfitters who meet the specific requirements defined in the law. If a qualified applicant is drawn in the lottery, the cost to purchase the permit is $1,500.

2021 Moose Permit Hunt Seasons & Bag Limits

Wildlife Management District Dates Annual Bag & Possession Limit
1-6, 10, 11, 18, 19, 27, 28 September 27, 2021 - October 2, 2021 Only 1 may be taken annually with permit.
1-14, 17-19, 27, 28 October 11, 2021 - October 16, 2021
1-6 October 25, 2021 - October 30, 2021
15, 16
Maine Resident Permit Holders Only
October 30, 2021
15, 16 November 1, 2021 - November 27, 2020

All dates are inclusive except that hunting is prohibited on Sunday.
See Laws Pertaining to Hunting Equipment for information on the use of crossbows.

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