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Upwards of 70,000 entries expected for Maine's moose permit lottery

Tom Cole, left, and Herb Melanson celebrate both winning moose hunting permits during the annual Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Moose Permit Lottery Drawing in 2010 at L.L. Bean in Freeport, Maine.
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Tom Cole, left, and Herb Melanson celebrate both winning moose hunting permits during the annual Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Moose Permit Lottery Drawing in 2010 at L.L. Bean in Freeport, Maine.

Maine’s moose permit lottery is projected to receive 65,000 to 70,000 entries before Wednesday’s deadline, according to officials. That's in step with 72,446 entries received for last year’s hunting season.

4,105 moose hunting permits will be issued for this fall — the same number issued last year. Around 8% of resident applicants are given a permit per last year's lottery.

Maine’s Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife (IFW) bases the number of permits offered by the lottery on moose population numbers and conservation goals. Mark Latti, the communications director for the IFW, said the number of applicants is on an upward trend:

"Over the last 10 years or so we’ve gone from around 50,000 [entries] up to about the current level of 70,000," said Latti. "It’s down from what it was twenty years ago when we used to be up around 90,000 [entries]. But [the number of entries this year] still shows that interest in moose hunting in Maine [is] still really sky high."

If selected, residents must pay $15 for the license while nonresidents face a fee of $585. 8% of the available permits are reserved for nonresidents.

Moose hunting season generally begins in October depending on the wildlife management district. The drawing will be held in Fort Kent on June 15.

Nick Song is Maine Public's inaugural Emerging Voices Fellowship Reporter.


Originally from Southern California, Nick got his start in radio when he served as the programming director for his high school's radio station. He graduated with a degree in Journalism and History from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University -- where he was Co-News Director for WNUR 89.3 FM, the campus station.