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Agency: Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife

Rule Title or Subject: Moose Hunting

Concise Summary: The Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife is proposing to adopt a rule establishing the number of moose hunting permits to be issued for the 2010 season. Permits will be issued for bulls, antlerless and any-moose. Permits are allocated according to Wildlife Management District as follows:

WMD 1 – 120 bulls / 20 antlerless WMD 12 – 35 bulls / 20 antlerless
WMD 2 – 125 bulls/ 125 antlerless WMD 13 — 35 bulls / 10 antlerless
WMD 3 – 200 bulls / 290 antlerless WMD 14 – 35 bulls
WMD 4 – 255 bulls WMD 15 – 25 any-moose*
WMD 5 – 125 bulls WMD 16 – 20 any-moose*
WMD 6 – 220 bulls / 280 antlerless WMD 17 – 30 bulls / 30 antlerless
WMD 7 – 125 bulls WMD 18 – 70 bulls / 20 antlerless
WMD 8 – 235 bulls WMD 19 – 80 bulls / 20 antlerless
WMD 9 – 70 bulls / 10 antlerless WMD 23 – 45 any-moose*
WMD 10 – 100 bulls / 10 antlerless WMD 26 – 45 any-moose*
WMD 11 – 160 bulls / 120 antlerless WMD 27 – 25 bulls
WMD 28 – 35 bulls
TOTAL: 2,080 bulls/955 antlerless/135 any-moose

In WMDs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 11 and 19 the season will begin on the Monday following the close of the bear baiting season and remain open for 6 days and in WMDs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 17, 18, 19, 27, and 28 the season will begin on the second Monday of October and remain open for 6 days.

*In WMDs 15, 16, 23 and 26, the season begins the 4th Monday preceding Thanksgiving to the Saturday following Thanksgiving; the Saturday preceding the first day of this season is open for the hunting of moose by permit holders who are residents of this State only. The term “any-moose” means a moose of either sex. Persons hunting moose during this season must comply with the same hunter orange requirements as deer hunters. The legal hunting hours will be from ½ hour before sunrise to ½ hour after sunset.
This Rule Will__ Will Not_X_ Have a Fiscal Impact on Municipalities.

Statutory Authority: 12 MRSA Section 11551

Public Hearing: November 12, 2009 @ 6:30 p.m. – Dept. of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Region D Headquarters, 18 Village Street, Greenville, ME.

Deadline for Comments: November 23, 2009

Agency Contact Person: Andrea L. Erskine

Agency Name: Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife

Address: #41 SHS – 284 State Street, Augusta, ME 04333-0041

E-Mail: [email protected]

Telephone: (207) 287-5201 or by FAX to 207-287-6395