Ever since 1980 (with a year off in 1982), Mainers have flocked to one location to find out if they’d score a coveted moose-hunting permit. Fast fact: Some folks have entered the state-run lottery every year … and they’re still waiting for their name to be drawn for the first time. On Saturday, the tradition will continue in Presque Isle, as the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife stages its annual lottery. I’ll be there, with fingers crossed for all of you (and for myself, of course) as the names are read aloud. And we’ll have results up at our BDN website at about 7 p.m. Saturday. For us prospective moose hunters, this is an exciting time of year. Here’s hoping Saturday is your lucky day!
— John Holyoke
Over the past two decades, Maine’s moose-permit lottery — an unlikely tourist attraction that involves the recitation of a few thousand names in a sometimes overheated meeting hall — has hop-scotched its way across the state.
It’s been in Old Town and Rumford, Phippsburg and Freeport, Kittery and Fort Kent (among others).
On Saturday, prospective moose hunters will flock to Aroostook County, where the state-run lottery will take place at the University of Maine at Presque Isle’s Gentile Hall.
In the latest installment of her popular 1-minute-hike series, the BDN’s Aislinn Sarnacki finds another Maine gem for folks to explore. Check out her hike at Jamies Pond Wildlife Management Area.
“After posting three columns about the sad state of landowner relations in Maine, it’s time to start telling the stories of some long-suffering private landowners. After reading the initial columns in this series on landowner relations, Pam Wells emailed me her story.”
“Be still my heart, I’ve been bass fishing. The sun, the breeze, casting to shore. I love it!
Mostly sunny, 77 degrees, a lot of wind out of the northeast. We waited a few hours longer than planned to put the boat in the water for the first time this year because of the wind. It calmed down by early afternoon but was still blowing harder than I like when I’m bass fishing. I wasn’t willing to skip fishing and settle for just a ride. Fishing for brookies is fun but I’m a die-hard bass fan.”
On the horizon
On Saturday, I’ll drive to Presque Isle and back in order to bring readers a first-hand report on the moose-permit lottery. On Sunday, I’ll hit the road again for what has become one of my favorite days of the year: Drift boat trip day. Byron Hale of Bangor will meet me in Greenville, where we’ll hook up with guide Dan Legere of the Maine Guide Fly shop for a great day of fishing on the East Outlet of the Kennebec River. Fish will be caught. Great food will be gobbled. And you know what? I bet I end up with a tale to tell, a video to share, and some photos that might prompt you to knock on Legere’s door and ask how to get in on the action.
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