June 5, 2019

MDIFW NEWS: Moose Lottery is June 8, 2019 at Cabela's in Scarborough

The annual lottery event attracts hundreds of hopeful hunters, anxious to see if they will be one of 2,820 selected from a pool of nearly 60,000 people who will get the chance at the hunt of a lifetime.

AUGUSTA, Maine - The Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife in conjunction with Cabela's will hold the annual moose lottery at the Cabelas Scarborough store this Saturday, June 8. Starting at 2:00 pm, the names of the winners will be read.

Since 1999, the Department has rotated the lottery location throughout the state. Prior to 1999, it was always held in Augusta. In more recent years, lotteries have been held in Skowhegan, Greenville, Presque Isle, Bethel, Kittery and Caribou. Next years moose permit lottery location will be announced at this years lottery.

Cabelas plans a variety of events for those going to the lottery, including seminars by MDIFW Moose Biologist Lee Kantar and Game Warden Lieutenant Tom Ward, a moose calling contest, as well as kids games and events.

At 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 8, the moose permit lottery drawing will commence. There is no charge to attend the lottery and the reading of names is expected to last 3 hours.

This year, 2,820 permits will be drawn in the random chance lottery from a pool of over 59,185 applicants.

Maines moose hunt is designed to manage the moose population. By modifying the number and type of moose permits available to hunters, the department can manage the moose population in order to provide for hunting and viewing opportunities, maintain a healthy moose population, and limit the number of moose/vehicle accidents.

For those prospective moose hunters who cant make it to the lottery drawing, the names of permit winners will be posted on the Departments web site starting at 6:00 p.m. on the day of the event. Visit mefishwildlife.com to access the list once it has been posted.

For more information on moose hunting in Maine, visit mefishwildlife.com.