Hunters will get 60 less moose permits this year.

Maine’s Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife has proposed a total of 2080 moose permits for 2017, and will hold a public hearing on the proposal on March 20 at 6 pm in the Camden National Bank Ice Vault at 203 Whitten Road in Hallowell.

In 2016 DIF&W issued 2,140 permits and hunters harvested 1,609 moose. The success rate for all seasons (September, October, and November) was 75%. But in southern Maine the success rate was only 19% and the “traditional” WMD’s to the north had a success rate of 78%.

I have never won a moose permit but have enjoyed a couple of hunts, thanks to my friend Ed Pineau, who usually has a family member or friend with a permit. When that happens, we all head to Ed’s camp in Northeast Carry.

If you want to comment on the planned permit level, you can send an email to Becky.Orff@maine.gov, or write to her at Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, 284 State Street 41 SHS, Augusta, ME 04333. The comment deadline is March 30.

Proposed Permits

WMD 1 – 275 bulls / 50 antlerless

WMD 2 – 200 bulls /50 antlerless

WMD 3 – 135 bulls / 50 antlerless

WMD 4 – 200 bulls / 50 antlerless

WMD 5 – 125 bulls

WMD 6 – 125 bulls

WMD 7 – 125 bulls

WMD 8 – 175 bulls

WMD 9 – 75 bulls

WMD 10 – 60 bulls

WMD 11 – 50 bulls

WMD 12 – 35 bulls

WMD 13 – 35 bulls

WMD 14 – 35 bulls

WMD 15 – 25 any-moose

WMD 16 – 20 any-moose

WMD 17 – 20 bulls

WMD 18 – 40 bulls

WMD 19 – 75 bulls/20 antlerless

WMD 22 – 0 permits

WMD 23 – 0 permits

WMD 25 – 0 permits

WMD 26 – 0 permits

WMD 27 – 10 bulls

WMD 28 – 20 bulls

Total: 1,815 bulls /220 antlerless / 45 any-moose

 

George Smith

About George Smith

George stepped down at the end of 2010 after 18 years as the executive director of the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine to write full time. He writes a weekly editorial page column in the Kennebec Journal and Waterville Morning Sentinel, a weekly travel column in those same newspapers (with his wife Linda), monthly columns in The Maine Sportsman magazine, two outdoor news blogs (one on his website, georgesmithmaine.com, and one on the website of the Bangor Daily News), and special columns for many publications and newsletters. Islandport Press published a book of George's favorite columns, "A Life Lived Outdoors" in 2014. In 2014, George also won a Maine Press Association award for writing the state's bet sports blog. In 2016, Down East Books published George's book, Maine Sporting Camps, and Islandport Press published George and his wife Linda's travel book, Take It From ME, about their favorite Maine inns and restaurants.