Moose lottery would give permits to Maine camps

Posted March 11, 2011, at 8:40 p.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — Maine would expand its moose hunting lottery by 100 permits each year if a bill in the Legislature passes.

Republican Rep. Stephen Wood of Sabattus told the fish and wildlife committee on Wednesday that the 100 permits would be in addition to the 3,140 moose hunting permits already allowed under the lottery.

Wood says his bill would bolster the state’s recreational services. Thirty percent of the money raised from the fees would go to youth conservation programs.

The legislation establishes a fee structure of $1,500 for a bull moose permit and $1,000 for a cow moose permit. No single guide, lodge or camp could receive more than two permits a  year. It also allows the permits to be sold as part of a moose hunting package at sportsman shows.