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Maine's moose hunt is a "permit only" hunt. 3,135 permits were issued for the 2020 moose hunt. Each permittee may select a subpermittee to hunt with them. Applications are available by January 31. A person may not hunt moose with an apprentice hunter license. The bag limit is one moose per year, by either permittee or subpermittee. A person 10 years or age or older on the opening day of the moose hunt is eligible to apply for a moose hunting permit in that calendar year. A person under the age of 10 on the opening day of the moose hunting season may apply to earn a point in the lottery system, but cannot receive a permit.
Note: A new law has changed the definition of antlerless moose to mean: a moose without antlers. An Anterless moose permit allows the permittee to harvest a female moose without antlers or a male calf moose without antlers.
Permit donation to veterans: A person who receives a moose permit may transfer that permit to a disabled veteran or may return the permit to MDIFW so the permit can be transfered to a disabled veteran through the Department of Veteran’s Affairs. The disabled veteran must meet eligibility and permit requirements. A transferor and a transferee of the permit are subject to the elimination of any accumulated points and the 3-year ineligibility period to reapply for a moose permit.
Permits for 65 years old and older: A resident 65 years of age or older with 30 points or more in the moose lottery system who applies for a moose permit is guaranteed a permit.
Permits for Hunting Lodges: Beginning in 2019, the Commissioner may allocate up to 2% of the moose hunting permits for a special chance lottery that is separate from the regular moose permit lottery, to hunting outfitters who meet the specific requirements defined in the law. If a qualified applicant is drawn in the lottery, the cost to purchase the permit is $1,500.
2020 Moose Permit Hunt Seasons & Bag Limits
|Wildlife Management District||Dates||Daily Bag & Possession Limit|
|1-6, 10, 11, 18, 19, 27, 28||September 28, 2020 - October 3, 2020||Only 1 may be taken annually with permit.|
|1-14, 17-19, 27, 28||October 12, 2020 - October 17, 2020|
|1-6||October 26, 2020 - October 31, 2020|
Maine Resident Permit Holders Only
|October 31, 2020|
|15, 16||November 2, 2020 - November 28, 2020|
All dates are inclusive except that hunting is prohibited on Sunday.
See Laws Pertaining to Hunting Equipment for information on the use of crossbows.