Moose Hunting

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Moose Hunting Permit

Maine's moose hunt is a "permit only" hunt. 3,140 permits were issued for the 2018 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: 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.

2018 Moose Permit Hunt Seasons

Wildlife Management District (WMD) Dates
WMD's 1 through 6, 10, 11, 18, 19, 27 and 28 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 6 October 22 - October 27, 2018
WMD's 15, 16 October 29 - November 24, 2018
WMD's 15, 16
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.