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2014 Moose Permit Lottery Results

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General Information

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According to state wildlife biologists, Maine's moose population is estimated at 60-70,000. For the 2013 season, the overall success rate for all moose seasons (Sept., Oct., and Nov.) was 72%.  However, southern Maine moose hunting had a much lower success rate as expected at 20%.  The "traditional" Wildlife Management Districts further to the north had an overall success rate of 74%.  Hunters killed 2,971 moose out of a possible 4,110 permits issued. 

Every year, several moose exceed 1,000 lbs. dressed weight. Trophy racks are not uncommon.

Who May Hunt

Only holders of a valid moose hunting permit and their subpermittee may hunt moose.

Legal Methods for Taking Moose

Moose may be hunted with rifle, shotgun, handgun, muzzleloader, bow and arrow or crossbow. Shotguns using shot loads and .22 caliber rim fire firearms are prohibited.

Other Restrictions/Bag Limit

The bag limit is one moose per permit holder, per year. The moose may be shot by either the permittee or the subpermittee. It is illegal to drive moose in the State of Maine.

For more information on moose hunting laws and rules, see the Moose Hunter's Guide below.

Maine Moose Hunters Guide (PDF)

Moose Meat Processing Facilities (PDF)

Moose Registation Stations (PDF)

Moose Hunt History (PDF)

Attention November Antlerless Moose Hunters!

We need your help collecting ovary samples for determining the overall health and productivity of Maine's moose population.  Please view this short video demonstrating how to remove the 2 ovaries during the gutting process and if needed we have provided a second instructional video showing how to locate the ovaries within the gut pile of the moose.  Also you can listen to the podcast here too for help in locating the ovaries while in the field!

Moose Application Information

Number of permits to be issued in 2014: 3,095 - No more than 10% of the permits in each district will be issued to nonresidents.

Everyone is strongly encouraged to help the Department in its efforts to save money by applying for the moose permit lottery using the online application process. The online application process is quick and easy. Applicants will get instant confirmation of their entry into the lottery.

If an applicant does not have access to a computer or the Internet at home, the Department has the following suggestions for applying online:

  • Paper applications will be mailed to those customers who applied using a paper application the previous year.
  • Use a computer at work during lunch or a break.
  • Use a computer at your local library or Internet caf.
  • Ask a friend or relative with a computer for help in applying.

If you have no way to apply online, the Department is offering the following options to apply for the moose permit lottery:

  • Print out a paper application. (Note: The deadline to apply with paper application is April 1, 2014). You can then fill out the application and mail it to us with your payment.
  • Come to our main office in Augusta where you can fill out a paper application.
  • Send a stamped, self-addressed envelope to the address given below. Department personnel will mail you a paper application that you can then fill out and mail back to us with your payment.

    Moose Permit Application Request
    Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife
    41 State House Station
    284 State Street
    Augusta, Maine 04333-0041

Moose Application Deadline: You can apply online until 11:59 PM on May 14, 2014. If you use a paper application, it must be postmarked by April 1, 2014, or delivered to 284 State Street in Augusta by 5:00 PM on April 1, 2014.

Application Fees

Maine Residents

$15.00 = One-chance (or bonus point only)

Nonresidents

$15.00 = One-chance (or bonus point only)
$25.00 = Three-chances
$35.00 = Six-chances
$55.00 = **Ten-chances

** Nonresidents may purchase multiples of 10 chances at $55.00 each.
Example: 5 multiples of 10 chances would cost $275.00 (5 x $55.00 = $275.00)

Receipt

Applicants who apply online will receive a confirmation number at the end of the online moose lottery application.

If you apply using a paper application (PDF) and want a receipt, please include a self-addressed stamped envelope with your application.

Bonus Points

Each bonus point accumulated gives the individual an additional chance in the drawing. Bonus points are accumulated as shown below:

0 - 5 years = one point per year
6 - 10 years = two points per year
11 - 15 years = three points per year
16+ years = 10 points per year

Count the number of years you have applied since 1998 without winning or skipping a year
(See chart below)
Example: If this is your 16th year of applying for a moose permit since 1998 without winning or skipping a year, you will have 40 bonus points this year. The maximum amount of points a person could possibly have without skipping a year as of 2014 would be 40 points.
1 year = 1 bonus point
10 years = 15 bonus points
19 years = 70 bonus points
28 years = 160 bonus points
2 years = 2 bonus points
11 years = 18 bonus points
20 years = 80 bonus points
29 years = 170 bonus points
3 years = 3 bonus points
12 years = 21 bonus points
21 years = 90 bonus points
30 years = 180 bonus points
4 years = 4 bonus points
13 years = 24 bonus points
22 years = 100 bonus points
31 years = 190 bonus points
5 years = 5 bonus points
14 years = 27 bonus points
23 years = 110 bonus points
32 years = 200 bonus points
6 years = 7 bonus points
15 years = 30 bonus points
24 years = 120 bonus points
33 years = 210 bonus points
7 years = 9 bonus points
16 years = 40 bonus points
25 years = 130 bonus points
34 years = 220 bonus points
8 years = 11 bonus points
17 years = 50 bonus points
26 years = 140 bonus points
35 years = 230 bonus points
9 years = 13 bonus points
18 years = 60 bonus points
27 years = 150 bonus points
36 years = 240 bonus points

Bonus points are tracked by the Department using the applicant's name and date of birth. Bonus points are not transferable.

To receive bonus points, please make sure to enter your correct name and date of birth on the application. Also, you need to indicate that you applied for the lottery last year. The online application will search our database for your name and date of birth, and indicate the number of bonus points you have. If you do not agree with the number of bonus points indicated, you should contact the Department.

For those who choose to apply using a paper application, please be sure to enter your correct name and date of birth, and indicate that you applied last year. Department personnel will make sure you get the correct number of bonus points.

Important - Bonus Points are forfeited if the applicant:

  • fails to apply or purchase bonus points in any two (2) consecutive years; if prior to 2011and you missed one (1) year, your bonus points were forfeited.
  • obtains a permit through the moose drawing;
  • is selected for a permit and later declines and/or fails to meet the criteria for legally possessing that permit;
  • is found to have not legally applied in the current year; or
  • enters the incorrect name or date of birth on the application or fails to indicate that they applied for a permit last year.

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2014 Permit Allocations by Wildlife Management District - No more than 10% of the permits in each District will be issued to nonresidents.

WMD
Bull-Only
Antlerless-Only
Any-Moose
Total
Sept
Oct
Nov
(Week)
Sept
Oct
Nov
(Week)
Nov
(Month)
150
125
0
0
0
100
0
375
225
200
0
0
50
125
0
600
100
80
0
0
25
75
0
280
300
100
0
0
50
150
0
600
100
25
0
0
0
0
0
125
100
50
0
0
0
0
0
150
0
125
0
0
0
0
0
125
0
175
0
0
0
0
0
175
0
75
0
0
0
0
0
75
0
60
0
0
0
0
0
60
25
25
0
0
0
0
0
50
0
35
0
0
0
0
0
35
0
35
0
0
0
0
0
35
0
35
0
0
0
0
0
35
0
0
0
0
0
0
25
25
0
0
0
0
0
0
20
20
0
20
0
0
0
0
0
20
0
40
0
0
0
0
0
40
50
50
0
0
0
50
0
150
0
0
0
0
0
0
10
10
0
0
0
0
0
0
25
25
0
0
0
0
0
0
25
25
0
0
0
0
0
0
25
25
0
15
0
0
0
0
0
15
0
20
0
0
0
0
0
20
Total
1,050
1,290
0
0
125
500
130
3095

Wildlife Management District Map

NOTE: The permit allocation chart above reflect the preliminary numbers by WMD.

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Season

Hunters holding valid moose permits and their designated subpermittee may hunt moose in one of twenty five wildlife management districts (WMD's), which cover over 21,000 square miles. Successful bidders of the moose auction may select the hunting zone of their choice.

2014 Season Dates and Areas Open to Moose Hunting

September 22 through September 27, 2014 - WMD's 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 11, and 19.

October 13 through October 18, 2014 - WMD's 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 17, 18, 19, 27, and 28.

November 3 through November 8, 2014 - WMD's 1, 2, 3, 4, and 19.

November 3 through November 29, 2014 - WMD's 15, 16, 22, 23, 25, and 26.

November 1, 2014 (Maine Residents Only) - WMD's 15, 16, 22, 23, 25, and 26.

Applicants may indicate season and WMD preferences, and may check a box if they do not want an antlerless-only permit. Successful applicants will receive either a bull only permit or an antlerless only permit. Permits for the November 3 through November 29, 2014 season (November 1, 2014- Residents only) are any-moose permits which allow the taking of either a bull or a cow.

Three Year Waiting Period

Starting in 2011, anyone receiving a Maine moose hunting permit must wait three years before being eligible to win another permit. If you received a permit in 2011, 2012, or 2013 you will not be eligible to win in 2014. Although you are not eligible to win, you can still apply and earn a bonus point in 2014. This requirement affects permit holders only; it does not affect hunters who were a subpermittee, nor does it prohibit a hunter from being a subpermittee during the three-year waiting period.

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Age Requirements

You are eligible to apply for the Maine moose lottery if:

  • you are eligible to obtain a Maine big game hunting license or will be eligible to obtain a Maine big game hunting license by the opening day of the moose hunting season.

Note: Although a junior hunting license can be pre-issued before the holder is 10 years old, be advised that the license and permit cannot be used until the youngster is 10 years old. Junior hunters are eligible to apply if they are at least 10 years old by the last day of the season for which they apply.

All applicants 16 years of age and older must comply with Maine's hunter safety law before a big game hunting license can be issued. See current safety courses being offered.

PLEASE NOTE: Moose permits to resident applicants over 70
A recent law guarantees a moose permit to any resident applicant who turns 70 or older during the calendar year of the hunt, who also has at least 30 points in the lottery system. Be sure to submit your application prior to the deadline and indicate all the seasons and WMD’s where you are interested in getting a permit. 

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Subpermittee and Alternate Subpermittee

At the time of application, each applicant may select one person as a subpermittee to participate in the moose hunt. An alternate subpermittee may also be designated at the time of application. Upon application to the Department, the permittee may change that person's subpermittee or alternate subpermittee until 30 days prior to the start of the moose hunting season for which the permit was issued.

The permittee may authorize the alternate subpermittee to participate in the hunt in place of the subpermittee, if the permittee notifies the Department in writing no later than five business days before their hunt begins. Only one moose may be taken per permit, and it may be shot by either the permit holder or licensed subpermittee.

Other individuals may accompany the moose hunters, but only the permit holder or licensed subpermittee may hunt or kill the moose. The permittee must be present during the hunt or the subpermittee cannot hunt.

A. A person may not sell a subpermittee or an alternate subpermittee designation.

B. A person who violates paragraph A commits a Class E crime.

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Permit Drawing

The Moose Permit drawing is held annually in mid-June.

The 2014 moose permit lottery drawing will be held on Saturday June 14, 2014 at the University of Maine in Presque Isle (see Moose Lottery Drawing flyer PDF). The results will be posted here after the drawing.

Applicants are assigned, in the order drawn, to their highest choice of available wildlife management districts (WMD's) until all permits are awarded. If you are drawn to receive a permit and your preferred WMD's are already filled, you will be assigned to a WMD as close geographically as possible to your first choice (unless you check the box on your application indicating you only want the districts that you have chosen). If the district you are assigned to has both a September and an October hunting season, you will be assigned to the September season (unless you check the box on your application indicating that you only want to hunt in October) until all available permits are filled, then subsequently drawn applicants will be assigned to the October season (unless you check the box indicating that you do not want to hunt in October).

Drawings for residents and nonresidents will be held separately.

Individuals selected to receive a moose permit, but who decline the permit for which they applied will lose their bonus points.

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Notification

Each successful applicant in the permit drawing will be notified by mail within a few weeks after the drawing. The successful applicant will then have a designated period in which to acquire the permit. It is very important that you provide a mailing address where you can be reached during this time.

Applicants not selected in the drawing will not be notified. We also post the names of the winners here on our web site after the drawing.

Permit Fees

Successful applicants are required to pay a permit fee before they may obtain their permit. Permit fees are as follows:

  • Resident - $52.00
  • Nonresident - $585.00

NOTE: The actual moose permits are generally mailed out two weeks prior to the first week of the moose hunting season for which the permit was issued.

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Swap Moose Hunting Permits

Moose permit winners are allowed to swap their moose permit with another moose permit winner. There are no restrictions on swapping other than only one swap is allowed, and both moose permits must be paid for before swaps can be made.

Moose permit winners who wish to swap their permit with another moose permit winner will need to do all their own work to identify and contact potential permit winners to swap with.

If you are interested in registering or finding someone who wants to swap moose permits, please visit the one of the sites listed below.

Once you find someone to swap your moose permit with, you must send a written swap letter (one letter only signed by both permittee's) or complete the moose swap application to: Moose Permit Swap, Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, 284 State Street, 41 SHS, Augusta, ME 04333. The fee to swap permits is $7.00 (one check for $7.00 covers both of you).

The letter must include your name, permit number, permit type, season, and WMD, as well as the name, permit number, permit type, season, and WMD of the person you are swapping with. Remember, the letter must be signed by both permittee's. The letter or moose swap application, as well as the $7.00 fee permit swap fee, must be received by the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife in Augusta by July 25, 2014 in order to make the permit swap. Swaps will not be allowed after this deadline.

Make checks payable to: "Treasurer, State of Maine". Please do not send cash.

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Moose Auction

General Description of the Program

The Department will auction 10 moose hunting permits to applicants who submit the highest bids through a written bid process. An applicant must submit the permit bid form along with a nonrefundable $25.00 bidding fee. Each person awarded a permit must pay the bid amount and must select a hunting district, hunting week, and permit type within 30 days after the permit is awarded. A permit winner has up to 30 days prior to the selected hunt to add or change a subpermittee or alternate subpermittee. The permittee may authorize the alternate subpermittee to participate in the hunt in place of the subpermittee, if the permittee notifies the Department in writing no later than five business days before their hunt begins. A person may apply in both the general public chance drawing and in the auction but can receive only one permit. If a successful bidder receives a permit in the public chance drawing, the person is no longer eligible in the auction; and the bidding fee and bid amount submitted by that person will be refunded. Pursuant to Title 12, §11154, sub - §11:k, the Commissioner may decline to issue any permit or any number of permits issuable pursuant to this subsection if, in the Commissioner's opinion, the auction bids received do not reflect the public value anticipated to meet the goals of this subsection. All other provisions of the moose hunting laws and regulations apply. All funds from the sale of these permits, will be deposited in a nonlapsing fund to be used to pay the costs to administer the program and to fund Youth Conservation Education Programs in Maine.

Moose Hunting Information

Season Dates Choices*: September 28, 2015 - October 3, 2015
  October 12, 2015 - October 17, 2015
  November 2, 2015 - November 7, 2015
  November 2, 2015 - November 28, 2015
Maine Resident Only Day October 31, 2015

*Note: Season dates and WMD's are subject to change.

Area Open to Hunting: September hunting will occur in Wildlife Management Districts (WMDs) 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 11, and 19 only. (bull only). October hunting will occur in the northern two thirds of Maine including Wildlife Management Districts WMDs 1 through 14, 17, 18, 19, 27, & 28 (bull only or antlerless). The November week hunting will occur in WMDs 1 through 4, & 19 (antlerless only). November hunting will occur in WMDs 15, 16, 22, 23, 25, & 26 (any-moose). November 1st for Maine Residents only will occur in WMDs 15, 16, 22, 23, 25, & 26 (any-moose permit).

Who May Hunt: Only holders of a valid moose hunting permit and their subpermittees may hunt moose.

Legal Methods for taking Moose: Please refer to Maine Moose Guide located on our website.

Other Restrictions: The bag limit is one moose per permit holder. Successful bidders may select either a "bull only" or an "antlerless only" permit or either for November. It may be harvested by either the permittee or subpermittee. It is illegal to drive moose.

How to Submit a Moose Permit Bid

General Instructions:
Bids must be submitted on the standard bid form. A person may submit more than one bid but may only receive one moose hunting permit. For any person submitting more than one bid, the highest bid submitted will be the official bid. Request a Moose Permit Bid Packet

Bidding Deadline: Bids must be received at Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, 284 State Street, Augusta, Maine 04333, no later than 5:00 p.m. (Eastern Time) on February 16, 2015.

Fees: A nonrefundable bid fee of $25.00 in U.S. funds must accompany each bid.

2014 Moose Auction bids ranged from the top bid of $12,500 to the low bid of $10,800.

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Maine Moose Hunters Club

Moose Club Rules - Membership in the Maine Moose Hunters Club is open to all hunters who legally take a moose in Maine.

1. Open to anyone, resident and non-resident, on a Maine Moose Hunting Permit.

2. Only the person who kills and registers a moose, whether permit holder or subpermittee, is eligible for club.

3. Tagging station attendants, Maine game wardens and state game biologists can certify weight. If possible, please have witnesses also.

4. Only one jacket patch issued per year.

For more information contact The Maine Sportsman by phone (207) 622-4242 or online at www.Mainesportsman.com

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