Take time to enter lottery for Sometime in June, hundreds of prospective moose hunters will head to L.L. Bean in Freeport to find out if this is finally the year they get to enjoy the hunt of a lifetime.
Of course, if you want to be included on the list of lucky hunters, you’ve got to enter the state-run permit lottery. And there’s no time like the present to take care of those simple logistics.
I know, I know. You’ve got plenty of time between now and then. You’ll get around to entering the lottery eventually.
Unfortunately, I’ve heard that before. Several times, in fact. Truth be told, three close acquaintances, two of whom I’ve actually gone moose hunting with, have missed out on past lotteries because … well … they just never got around to entering.
Believe me: You don’t want that to happen to you. Think of how sad you’ll be. Or, if that doesn’t work, think of how much grief your hunting buddies will give you. (If you want proof, I’ve got a couple of hunting buddies who can provide it).
This year a total of 3,140 moose permits will be allotted to hunters. No more than 10 percent of those permits will go to non-residents. The rest are for Mainers.
This year’s two primary moose seasons will run from Sept. 27 through Oct. 2 and from Oct. 11 through Oct. 16.
Additional hunts with fewer permits outstanding will be staged from Nov. 1 through 6 in Wildlife Management Districts 2, 3, 6 and 11, and from Nov. 1-27 in WMDs 15, 16, 23 and 26. A Maine hunt for Maine residents will be staged on Oct. 30, preceding the monthlong November season, in WMDs 15, 16, 23 and 26.
The simplest way to register for the permit lottery is to go to the Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife Web site — www.mefishwildlife.com — and use the MOSES system.
Since the state has moved toward on-line lottery registration, and has stopped mailing out application forms to those who registered in past years, a number of people have voiced frustration with the process.
And while the DIF&W wants as many people as possible to register via the Internet, it understands that some folks just don’t have Internet access.
For those, there are a couple of options. First, the state will accept paper applications that you print off a computer and mail to them.
If that’s not an option, you can visit the DIF&W office in Augusta and fill out an application.
Finally, the DIF&W will send you an application if you send a stamped, self-addressed envelope to them at this address: Moose Permit Application Request, Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife, 41 State House Station, 284 State –Street, Augusta, 04333-0041.
The deadline for entry via the Internet is 11:59 p.m. on May 14. Paper applications must be postmarked by April 1 or delivered personally to the DIF&W before 5 p.m. on April 1.
For Maine residents, one chance in the lottery will cost you $7, three chances cost $12 and six chances cost $22. Non-resident fees: $15 for one chance, $25 for three, $35 for six, or $55 for 10. Non-residents are allowed to purchase multiples of 10 chances at $55 each. Maine residents may only purchase seven or fewer chances.
Resident hunters who are selected in the lottery will then be required to pay a $52 permit fee before their hunt. Non-residents pay a $484 permit fee.
Deer meeting set in Fort Kent
DIF&W will hold an informational meeting on the status of the northern Maine deer herd, along with other wildlife-related issues, in Fort Kent on Thursday. The meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the council chambers of the Fort Kent town office.
DIF&W commissioner Roland “Dan” Martin, state Sen. Troy Jackson and DIF&W wildlife biologist Rich Hoppe will attend, as will other department staffers.
Greenland Point program on tap
Young outdoor enthusiasts will have the opportunity to spend a couple of days learning new skills at Greenland Point Center in Princeton during February school vacation.
Youths age 10 through 16 are invited to the program to be held on Feb. 13 and 14, which features a snowmobile certification course, as well as the chance to ice fish, cross country ski, snowshoe, learn wilderness survival and navigation by the stars.
The program fee is $100. More information is available by calling 796-5186 or sending e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Greenland Point Center offers a variety of outdoor camps and programs throughout the year. The facility sits on a 64-acre peninsula that juts out into Long Lake in Washington County.