SCARBOROUGH, Maine — Unlike many of the hundreds of eager hunters in the crowd on Saturday afternoon, Alan Baron of Sanford wasn’t too nervous about hearing his name read aloud during the Maine Moose Permit Lottery, which was held at Cabela’s.
In fact, despite never having been drawn (and having entered the lottery ever since it began in 1980), Baron was sure that this year, finally, was his year.
For years, prospective moose hunters entered the state’s moose permit lottery, hoping that finally, at long last, they’d have their names drawn. Unfortunately, many never got the chance — they just didn’t live long enough. Over the past decade, the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife has rewarded more of those hunters who’ve continually supported the lottery, and Baron was one of the lucky beneficiaries.
Hunters who reach their 65th birthday, and who have accumulated at least 30 “preference points,” which are awarded for each consecutive year an applicant is unsuccessful, are now guaranteed to win a permit.
John Holyoke has been enjoying himself in Maine's great outdoors since he was a kid. Today, he's the Outdoors editor for the BDN, a job that allows him to meet up with Maine outdoors enthusiasts in their...
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