State to award 3,140 moose hunting permits today

SURVEYING HIS KINGDOM   As the colors of autumn explode behind him, a bull moose stands defiantly in the middle of a timber road northeast of Millinocket. (NEWS Photo by Stephen M. Katz)
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SURVEYING HIS KINGDOM As the colors of autumn explode behind him, a bull moose stands defiantly in the middle of a timber road northeast of Millinocket. (NEWS Photo by Stephen M. Katz)
Posted June 16, 2010, at 2:41 p.m.
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A bull moose crosses a logging road near Kokajo on the eastern side of Moosehad Lake. A bill submitted by Sen. Troy Jackson seeks to expand the moose hunting season in an attempt to decrease moose-vehicle accidents. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty/FILE)
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A bull moose crosses a logging road near Kokajo on the eastern side of Moosehad Lake. A bill submitted by Sen. Troy Jackson seeks to expand the moose hunting season in an attempt to decrease moose-vehicle accidents. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty/FILE)
VIEW FINDER   Paul Whitney (left) of Plymouth makes pictures earlier this month of Mount Katahdin and the fall foliage surrounding Salmon Stream Lake from the overlook along northbound interstate 95 just south of Benedicta. Whitney, along with hunting partner Tom Richmond (right) of Bass Harbor, was headed north for the moose hunt.  (BANGOR DAILY NEWS PHOTO BY KEVIN BENNETT)

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Paul Whitney, left, of Plymouth makes pictures of Mount Katahdin and the fall foliage surrounding Salmon Stream Lake from the scenic overlook along northbound I-95, just south of Benedicta on Sunday, October 12, 2008. Whitney, along with hunting partner Tom Richmond, right, of Bass Harbor, washeaded north to partake in the second week of the moose hunt season.(Bangor Daily News/Kevin Bennett)
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VIEW FINDER Paul Whitney (left) of Plymouth makes pictures earlier this month of Mount Katahdin and the fall foliage surrounding Salmon Stream Lake from the overlook along northbound interstate 95 just south of Benedicta. Whitney, along with hunting partner Tom Richmond (right) of Bass Harbor, was headed north for the moose hunt. (BANGOR DAILY NEWS PHOTO BY KEVIN BENNETT) CAPTION Paul Whitney, left, of Plymouth makes pictures of Mount Katahdin and the fall foliage surrounding Salmon Stream Lake from the scenic overlook along northbound I-95, just south of Benedicta on Sunday, October 12, 2008. Whitney, along with hunting partner Tom Richmond, right, of Bass Harbor, washeaded north to partake in the second week of the moose hunt season.(Bangor Daily News/Kevin Bennett)
SIGN OF THE SEASON    Chris Lander of Orrington hunts for moose at first light Monday morning in the Maine woods near Northeast Carry. Lander has entered Maine's moose lottery for a hunting permit every year since the hunt began in 1980 and though he's never been drawn, Lander gets to hunt this year as a subpermittee. (BANGOR DAILY NEWS PHOTO BY BRIDGET BROWN)
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SIGN OF THE SEASON Chris Lander of Orrington hunts for moose at first light Monday morning in the Maine woods near Northeast Carry. Lander has entered Maine's moose lottery for a hunting permit every year since the hunt began in 1980 and though he's never been drawn, Lander gets to hunt this year as a subpermittee. (BANGOR DAILY NEWS PHOTO BY BRIDGET BROWN)
David Lawrence of Sanford unloads his gun after shooting a moose in Township 8, Range 3, on opening day of the 1999 hunt. (NEWS File Photo by Cy Jariz Cyr)
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David Lawrence of Sanford unloads his gun after shooting a moose in Township 8, Range 3, on opening day of the 1999 hunt. (NEWS File Photo by Cy Jariz Cyr)
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A bull moose rests in the back of a pickup truck after being tagged by a hunter, as spectators gather for the weighing of another bull moose at the Gateway Variety store in Ashland  on Monday, September 28, 2009. (Bangor Daily News/Kevin Bennett)
(BANGOR DAILY NEWS PHOTO BY KEVIN BENNETT) CAPTION A bull moose rests in the back of a pickup truck after being tagged by a hunter, as spectators gather for the weighing of another bull moose at the Gateway Variety store in Ashland on Monday, September 28, 2009. (Bangor Daily News/Kevin Bennett)
THE HUNT BEGINS   Toby Noyes of Macs Trading Post in Houlton weighs a 603-pound cow moose Monday, the first day of Maine's moose hunting season. With 1,133 permits issued for the first of three hunts in northern and northeastern Maine, Macs had tagged 18 moose by 6 p.m. Monday with the largest tipping the scales at 874 pounds.  (BANGOR DAILY NEWS PHOTO BY KATE COLLINS)

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Toby Noyes of Macs (cq) Trading Post in Houlton weighs a 603-pound cow on the first day of Maine's moose hunting season on Monday, September 22, 2008.  With 1,133 permits issued for the first of the three hunts in Northern and Northeastern Maine, Macs had tagged 18 moose by 6pm, with the largest tipping the scales at 874 pounds. (Bangor Daily News/Kate Collins)
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THE HUNT BEGINS Toby Noyes of Macs Trading Post in Houlton weighs a 603-pound cow moose Monday, the first day of Maine's moose hunting season. With 1,133 permits issued for the first of three hunts in northern and northeastern Maine, Macs had tagged 18 moose by 6 p.m. Monday with the largest tipping the scales at 874 pounds. (BANGOR DAILY NEWS PHOTO BY KATE COLLINS) CAPTION Toby Noyes of Macs (cq) Trading Post in Houlton weighs a 603-pound cow on the first day of Maine's moose hunting season on Monday, September 22, 2008. With 1,133 permits issued for the first of the three hunts in Northern and Northeastern Maine, Macs had tagged 18 moose by 6pm, with the largest tipping the scales at 874 pounds. (Bangor Daily News/Kate Collins)
Spectators watch as a bull moose is weighed at the tagging station at Gateway Variety in Ashland on Monday, the first day of the split-moose hunt. The moose, which weighed in at 826 pounds, was tagged by brothers Jeff and Peter Fogg of Holden.
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Spectators watch as a bull moose is weighed at the tagging station at Gateway Variety in Ashland on Monday, the first day of the split-moose hunt. The moose, which weighed in at 826 pounds, was tagged by brothers Jeff and Peter Fogg of Holden.
SECOND WEEK OF MOOSE HUNT   Doug Kane with the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife leans back to get an accurate reading on an 848-pound moose brought in by Deb Seneca of Palmyra at the Greenville tagging station Tuesday morning. &quotI've been lucky," said Seneca of being drawn in the moose lottery for a permit. &quotThis was my third time," The second week of the split season for moose hunting ends Saturday. A total of 135 hunters will be able to hunt for moose during the month of november in soem southerly Wildlife Management Districts.  (BANGOR DAILY NEWS PHOTO BY BRIDGET BROWN)

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Doug Kane with the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife leans back to get an accurate reading on an 848-pound moose brought in by Deb Seneca of Palmyra at the Greenville tagging station Tuesday morning, Oct. 13, 2009. &quotI've been lucky," said Seneca of being drawn in the moose lottery for a permit. &quotThis was my third time." (Bangor Daily News/Bridget Brown)
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SECOND WEEK OF MOOSE HUNT Doug Kane with the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife leans back to get an accurate reading on an 848-pound moose brought in by Deb Seneca of Palmyra at the Greenville tagging station Tuesday morning. "I've been lucky," said Seneca of being drawn in the moose lottery for a permit. "This was my third time," The second week of the split season for moose hunting ends Saturday. A total of 135 hunters will be able to hunt for moose during the month of november in soem southerly Wildlife Management Districts. (BANGOR DAILY NEWS PHOTO BY BRIDGET BROWN) CAPTION Doug Kane with the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife leans back to get an accurate reading on an 848-pound moose brought in by Deb Seneca of Palmyra at the Greenville tagging station Tuesday morning, Oct. 13, 2009. "I've been lucky," said Seneca of being drawn in the moose lottery for a permit. "This was my third time." (Bangor Daily News/Bridget Brown)
Lee Kantar (right), a department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife biologist, counts the 16 points on a moose at the DIF&W tagging station in Greenville Monday. The moose was shot near Moxy Pond by Paul Prosser (left) and it weighed about 825 pounds and its rack reasured 48.5 inches. Prosser downed the moose from about 150 yards. The second week of the split, two-week moose-hunting season ends Saturday.  (BANGOR DAILY NEWS PHOTO BY JOHN CLARKE RUSS)

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Moose-hunt-JCR.jpg At the Maine Inland Fisheries and Wildlife tagging station in Greenville Monday afternoon, Lee Kantar ( right) , an I.F.W. wildlife biologist, counts the 16 points on a moose bagged near Moxy Pond by Paul Prosser (left) around 7 am Monday. The moose weighed 825 pounds, the rack measured 48.5 inches and Prosser said he used a 300 Remington Magnum rifle at a range of approximately 150 yards. ( Bangor Daily News/ John Clarke Russ)
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Lee Kantar (right), a department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife biologist, counts the 16 points on a moose at the DIF&W tagging station in Greenville Monday. The moose was shot near Moxy Pond by Paul Prosser (left) and it weighed about 825 pounds and its rack reasured 48.5 inches. Prosser downed the moose from about 150 yards. The second week of the split, two-week moose-hunting season ends Saturday. (BANGOR DAILY NEWS PHOTO BY JOHN CLARKE RUSS) CAPTION Moose-hunt-JCR.jpg At the Maine Inland Fisheries and Wildlife tagging station in Greenville Monday afternoon, Lee Kantar ( right) , an I.F.W. wildlife biologist, counts the 16 points on a moose bagged near Moxy Pond by Paul Prosser (left) around 7 am Monday. The moose weighed 825 pounds, the rack measured 48.5 inches and Prosser said he used a 300 Remington Magnum rifle at a range of approximately 150 yards. ( Bangor Daily News/ John Clarke Russ)
Martha Dickinson of Oakfield (left) photographs her husband, Robert Dickinson, and Carl Croy of Oakfield at the tagging station at M.A.C.S. Trading Post in Houlton on Monday. Robert Dickinson's moose, tagged on the first day of the split-session moose hunt weighed 752 pounds.  (BANGOR DAILY NEWS PHOTO BY KEVIN BENNETT)

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Martha Dickinson, left, of Oakfield, photographs her husband, Robert Dickinson, center, and Carl Croy, right, at the tagging station at M.A.C.S. Trading Post in Houlton after Robert dropped a 752 pound bull moose on Monday, September 28, 2009. (Bangor Daily News/Kevin Bennett)
Martha Dickinson of Oakfield (left) photographs her husband, Robert Dickinson, and Carl Croy of Oakfield at the tagging station at M.A.C.S. Trading Post in Houlton on Monday. Robert Dickinson's moose, tagged on the first day of the split-session moose hunt weighed 752 pounds. (BANGOR DAILY NEWS PHOTO BY KEVIN BENNETT) CAPTION Martha Dickinson, left, of Oakfield, photographs her husband, Robert Dickinson, center, and Carl Croy, right, at the tagging station at M.A.C.S. Trading Post in Houlton after Robert dropped a 752 pound bull moose on Monday, September 28, 2009. (Bangor Daily News/Kevin Bennett)
Roy Whalen III (left), 7, of Sullivan gets some help from biology tech Heidi Johnston while removing a tooth from his father's bull moose at Gateway Vareity in Ashland on Monday morning. Monday marked the first day of the traditional split-session moose season in Maine. The moose weighed 628 pounds.  (BANGOR DAILY NEWS PHOTO BY KEVIN BENNETT)

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Roy Whalen III, 7, left, of Sullivan gets some help from biologist tech Heidi Johnston while removing a tooth from his father's bull moose at the tagging station at Gateway Variety in Ashland on Monday, September 28, 2009. Whalen's moose weighted in at 628 pounds. (Bangor Daily News/Kevin Bennett)
Roy Whalen III (left), 7, of Sullivan gets some help from biology tech Heidi Johnston while removing a tooth from his father's bull moose at Gateway Vareity in Ashland on Monday morning. Monday marked the first day of the traditional split-session moose season in Maine. The moose weighed 628 pounds. (BANGOR DAILY NEWS PHOTO BY KEVIN BENNETT) CAPTION Roy Whalen III, 7, left, of Sullivan gets some help from biologist tech Heidi Johnston while removing a tooth from his father's bull moose at the tagging station at Gateway Variety in Ashland on Monday, September 28, 2009. Whalen's moose weighted in at 628 pounds. (Bangor Daily News/Kevin Bennett)
A crowd in Greenville gathers around a moose shot by Gary Clifford and Jared Pulsifer of Bristol during last week's annual moose hunt. The state issued 3,000 permits for this year's hunt. (NEWS Photo by Anthony Robert La Penna)
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A crowd in Greenville gathers around a moose shot by Gary Clifford and Jared Pulsifer of Bristol during last week's annual moose hunt. The state issued 3,000 permits for this year's hunt. (NEWS Photo by Anthony Robert La Penna)
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A bull moose rests in the back of a pick up truck at the Gateway Variety store in Ashland after being weighed and tagged by a hunter on Monday, September 28, 2009. (Bangor Daily News/Kevin Bennett)   (WEB EDITION PHOTO)
CAPTION A bull moose rests in the back of a pick up truck at the Gateway Variety store in Ashland after being weighed and tagged by a hunter on Monday, September 28, 2009. (Bangor Daily News/Kevin Bennett) (WEB EDITION PHOTO)
Meanwhile, Brady Holes (left) of Portage and his cousin Morgan Stevens of Masardis get a close-up view of a bull moose. A total of 1,133 hunters were awarded permits to hunt in designated Wildlife Management Districts in the northern and eastern sections of the state Monday through Saturday. Another 1,747 hunters will head afield for a six-day session Oct. 8-13.  (BANGOR DAILY NEWS PHOOT BY KEVIN BENNETT)

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Brady Holmes (L) of Portage and his cousin Morgan Stevens (R) of Masardis get a close up view of a bull moose  at the Ashland tagging station on Monday afternoon.(Bangor Daily News/Kevin Bennett)
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Meanwhile, Brady Holes (left) of Portage and his cousin Morgan Stevens of Masardis get a close-up view of a bull moose. A total of 1,133 hunters were awarded permits to hunt in designated Wildlife Management Districts in the northern and eastern sections of the state Monday through Saturday. Another 1,747 hunters will head afield for a six-day session Oct. 8-13. (BANGOR DAILY NEWS PHOOT BY KEVIN BENNETT) CAPTION Brady Holmes (L) of Portage and his cousin Morgan Stevens (R) of Masardis get a close up view of a bull moose at the Ashland tagging station on Monday afternoon.(Bangor Daily News/Kevin Bennett)
Steve Gentili (right) of Rome tells the story of his friend Kate Foster's successful hunt to Herbert Reynolds of Etna at the weigh-in station in Kokadjo on Wednesday.  Foster, a 17-year-old from Belgrade, shot the 777-pound bull, which had an antler spread of 48 inches.  (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)
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Steve Gentili (right) of Rome tells the story of his friend Kate Foster's successful hunt to Herbert Reynolds of Etna at the weigh-in station in Kokadjo on Wednesday. Foster, a 17-year-old from Belgrade, shot the 777-pound bull, which had an antler spread of 48 inches. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)
Steve Lacroix of Williamsburg Township, Maine, secures his moose before leaving a weigh station in Kokadjo, Maine, Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2006. Lacroix's bull moose weighed 724 pounds and its antlers had a spread of 56 and 1/2 inches. Maine's two week moose hunting season ends on Saturday. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)
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Steve Lacroix of Williamsburg Township, Maine, secures his moose before leaving a weigh station in Kokadjo, Maine, Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2006. Lacroix's bull moose weighed 724 pounds and its antlers had a spread of 56 and 1/2 inches. Maine's two week moose hunting season ends on Saturday. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)
Moose hunters, an illegal sight in Maine for 45 years, were waiting in line to register their kills within hours after the state's experimental moose season opened Monday. Above, Norman Jalbert of Sabattus (left) and Mike Reynolds of Lisbon, stand with their trophy, shot by Reynolds in the morning near Rockwood on Scott Paper Co. land. Their bull weighed 830 pounds. The season, approved last year by the Legislature, ends at sundown Saturday for the 700 hunters who were given permits.  BANGOR DAILY NEWS PHOTO BY SCOTT HASKELL
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Moose hunters, an illegal sight in Maine for 45 years, were waiting in line to register their kills within hours after the state's experimental moose season opened Monday. Above, Norman Jalbert of Sabattus (left) and Mike Reynolds of Lisbon, stand with their trophy, shot by Reynolds in the morning near Rockwood on Scott Paper Co. land. Their bull weighed 830 pounds. The season, approved last year by the Legislature, ends at sundown Saturday for the 700 hunters who were given permits. BANGOR DAILY NEWS PHOTO BY SCOTT HASKELL

Prospective moose hunters from across the state will head to Freeport Thursday evening to find out if this is the year … finally … that they’ll get to go on the hunt of a lifetime.

In all, 3,140 permits will be up for grabs during the annual permit lottery, which will be held at L.L. Bean at 6 p.m. Thursday, June 17.

This is the 30th anniversary of the state’s modern moose hunt, which began on an experimental basis in 1980.

There was no statewide hunt in 1981, but the moose hunt returned in 1982 and has been held annually ever since.

Over the years, the permit lottery has evolved into a popular event that features food, music, seminars and vendors.

The first year the lottery was held, 1980, BDN reporter Bruce Hunter reported that more people attended a weekly band concert outside the Bangor Civic Center than actually stepped into the building to watch the lottery.

From the BDN Archives:

July 15, 1980:
Maine’s first Moose lottery

July 16, 1980:
The day after the first Moose lottery

Sept. 19, 1980:
Moose hunt just days away

Sept. 20-21, 1980:
Days before the Moose Hunt

Sept. 22, 1980:
Opening day of Maine’s first Moose hunt

Sept. 29, 1980:
The end of the first Moose hunt

Only 60 or so attendees showed up for that first lottery, which was televised statewide on the Maine Public Broadcasting Network.

That won’t be the case this year, as hundreds are sure to attend the event held on the grounds of the state’s iconic outdoor outfitter.

L.L. Bean staffers will be ready, and the company will offer plenty of entertainment options throughout the day. Seminars begin at 11 a.m. and will continue up until 6 p.m., when the 3,140 names will be read aloud.

A change from recent history is on tap this year, as the Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife will not upload its list to the Internet until 9 p.m.

In recent years, some lottery attendees have been able to tap into the Internet results early in the evening; many who learned it wasn’t their lucky day then left the event.

In-state lottery participants paid between $7 for a single chance in the drawing and $22 for six chances. Non-resident entrants could buy a single chance for $15, six chances for $35, or 10 chances for $55. Non-residents are allowed to buy as many chances as they like, in increments of 10 chances, for the same $55 fee. Maine residents are capped at the six-chance level.

This year’s moose hunting season dates:

• From Sept. 27 through Oct. 2 for 1,070 permit-holders in eight Wildlife Management Districts;

• From Oct. 11 through Oct. 16 for 1,480 permit-holders in 19 WMDs;

• From Nov. 1 through Nov. 6 for 455 permit-holders in four WMDs;

• From Nov. 1 through Nov. 27 for 135 permit-holders in four WMDs.

• Oct. 30 is open to Maine residents who hold the Nov. 1-27 permit.

BDN moose plans

Since the initial moose permit lottery was held 30 years ago, the BDN has published every name of every lucky moose hunter in the following day’s paper.

As you might guess, we’ll continue to do that, and you’ll find the entire list of permit winners in Friday’s editions.

But that’s not all.

This year we’re really pulling out the stops, and are proud to unveil plenty of other moose-related content for you at www.bangordailynews.com.

If you’re a longtime reader who grew up reading Bud Leavitt, you’re in for a special treat: Several of his columns that featured the 1980 permit lottery and moose hunt will be available online in conjunction with our regular moose lottery coverage.

Tom Hennessey fans can read some of tales from moose hunts that took place in the 1990s. A few other stories from the first moose hunt will also be featured, as will some vintage photos from the era.

If you’re more interested in results, you’ll be able to find a searchable list of permit winners on our Web site as well. Also in the works: A clickable map that will show you exactly where all of the lucky winners are from.

Simply put, we’re doing everything we ever have … and then some.

We hope you take the time to peruse the Internet pages, and that you enjoy the chance to relive the excitement that surrounded that original modern moose hunt.

PCCA plans family fun

The weather forecast is favorable, and this weekend the folks from the Penobscot County Conservation Association are providing a good excuse to get outside and enjoy some traditional activities.

The PCCA will hold an Outdoor Family Fun Day from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Saturday. The best part: There’s absolutely no fee to take part in any of the activities. Lunch will be available for purchase from noon until 1 p.m.

All events take place at the PCCA clubhouse on Route 9 (North Main Street) in Brewer.

Among the offerings: The U.S. Sportsman’s Alliance will stage a trailblazer adventure day program; The Penobscot Riverkeepers will take guests out onto the river in 28-foot canoes at 10 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.; Maine Audubon will show kids what’s in the pond water during three microscope sessions; The Penobscot Fly Fish-ers will teach fly casting and fly tying.

Also: DIF&W search and rescue dogs will show their stuff from 10 a.m. until noon; Penobscot River Restoration Project officials will help kids make wood block prints; Geocaching will be on tap (bring your own GPS or borrow some loaner equipment); the air rifle range will be open as will an archery range; the Maine Trap-pers Association will set up indoor and outdoor displays. Children under age 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

For more information, call Lois-Ann Holmes at 825-3688 or send e-mail to woody_higgins@yahoo.com or hollora@gmail.com.

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