June 1, 2015

Bethel to Host Maine Moose Lottery Festival in June

AUGUSTA, Maine ? The 2015 Moose Permit Drawing will take place on Saturday, June 13 as part of the Bethel Maine Moose Festival. The weekend-long event is highlighted by the moose lottery drawing at 3 p.m. on Saturday at the Bethel Common, when the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife will announce the names of those drawn for one of the 2,740 moose hunting permits.

On Friday evening, June 12, the Moose Festival gets started with a qualifying round of the Maine Moose Calling Championship at Gould Academy?s Bingham Auditorium. Maine?s nationally touring alt-country rock band, The Mallett Brothers, will also perform that night at The Bethel Inn Resort.

In addition to the moose permit lottery on Saturday, June 13, the schedule for the day also includes the finals of the Moose Calling Championship, appearances from the cast of North Woods Law, kids? activities, hunting- and fishing-related demonstrations, the L.L. Bean Bootmobile, an ATV safety course, raffles and vendors, including guides, outdoor products, non-profits, crafts and food. After the lottery, Team Zespy will show off their exhibition shooting skills.

Sunday?s events include Youth Field Day at the UMaine 4-H Camp & Learning Center in Bryant Pond and a golf tournament at The Bethel Inn Resort to benefit camp scholarships.

For those prospective moose hunters who can?t make it to the lottery drawing, the names of permit winners will be posted on the Department?s web site starting at 8 p.m. on Saturday. Visit www.mefishwildlife.com to access the list once it has been posted.

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

To see the complete schedule of events for the 2015 Moose Lottery Festival, go to www.bethelmainemoosefest.com