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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.