If you are lucky enough to go moose hunting in Maine, you are in for the adventure of a lifetime. Maine has snow-capped mountain ranges, glacial lakes, and crystal-clear rivers and streams. Maine is home to the best moose hunting in the world, and offers beautiful scenery at the same time.
Moose Hunting Permits
Hunting in Maine is permitted by permit only. Permits are issued through a state lottery. Applications for the permits are accepted from January through April. The lottery drawing is held in mid-June. Only the permittee and sub-permittee may hunt moose in Maine. The permittee may hunt alone. If both are hunting, they must be in physical sight of each other at all times during the hunt, without the aid of any audio or visual devices. The sub-permittee may not hunt alone.
The success rate of the lottery system of moose hunting in Maine has great success, ensuring most hunters reach their bag limit each season. The only draw-back to the lottery system, is the three-year wait after being granted a permit. A person that has received a moose-hunting permit in the previous three years can be a sub-permittee, and sub-permittees during the previous three years can be a permittee.
Moose Hunting Laws
Before beginning the permit application process, it’s important to note the laws regarding moose hunting.
- Illegal to hunt at night
- Illegal to shoot from a paved road-way
- Illegal to discharge a firearm within 100 yards of a residential dwelling,without owner consent
- Illegal to hunt with automatic firearms
Hunters under the age of 16 must be in the presence of a parent/guardian, or someone who is at least 18 years old. If not the parent or guardian, the person has to possess a Maine hunting license or proof of a hunter safety course.
Hunting is not permitted at night or on Sunday. Hunting may begin one-half hour before sunrise, and conclude one-half hour after dusk.
Maine Residents Day is reserved for the Saturday before hunting seasons begins each November. Only residents of Maine may hunt on this day. If the permittee has a sub-permittee that is not a resident of Maine, they may accompany the permittee, but they may not hunt.
Hunters must hunt within their assigned Wildlife Management District during their assigned season. Hunters may not hunt on wildlife sanctuaries, Indian territories, and Baxter State Park. Hunters that wish to hunt in Indian territory should contact the appropriate Native American agency for permission.
The bag limit for moose in Maine is one per season. There are three different type of permits, and hunters must only shoot the moose that is specific to their permit. The three types of permits are bull-only, antlerless-only, and any-moose permit. The bull-only permit holder may bag one bull moose with antlers larger than its ears. Antlerless-only permit holders may bag one antlerless moose or one moose with antlers shorter than its ears. An “any-moose” permit holder may bag one moose of any antler-size or sex.
The moose may be shot by either the permittee or the sub-permittee. Once a permit holder has reached their bag limit of one moose, it is illegal to hunt or kill another moose in the hunting season of that calendar year.
During the November moose hunting season, hunters must wear 2 articles of hunter orange clothing. One must be a hunter orange hat, and the other should be a vest, poncho, coat or other article of clothing that covers the torso area.
Follow those simple rules, and you are in for the greatest hunting experience you can imagine. Moose hunting in Maine offers extraordinary hunting excitement in some of the most beautiful woodlands in the world.
Darren Davis is a trucker and writer who is crazy about hunting, especially deer and moose.