c2010 Pete Lord

DEPARTMENT OF INLAND FISHERIES & WILDLIFE

http://www.mefishwildlife.com

For more information, contact Spokesperson Deborah Turcotte at 287-6008 or 592-1164

For Immediate Release January 27, 2010

Moose Lottery Permit Applications Now Available. Apply Online!

AUGUSTA – It’s time to enter the 2010 Moose Permit Lottery!

For the last couple of years, the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife has encouraged hunters to apply online for the lottery through its website, http://www.mefishwildlife.com. It’s an easy and convenient way to submit an application!

The deadline for online applications is 11:59 p.m. on May 14, 2010.

MDIF&W no longer prints or mails paper applications for the moose lottery. If an interested hunter is unable to apply using the online licensing system, the Department suggests:

· Printing out a paper application from IF&W’s website at http://www.mefishwildlife.com, fill it out, and mail it with your payment to the Department;

· Coming to IF&W’s main office to fill out a paper application. The address is 284 State Street in Augusta;

· Sending a stamped self-addressed envelope to IF&W at the address below. Department personnel will mail a paper application that can be filled out and mailed with your payment to IF&W. The address is:

Moose Permit Application Request

Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife

41 SHS, 284 State St.

Augusta, ME 04333-0041

Paper applications must be postmarked or hand-delivered to MDIF&W in Augusta by 5 p.m. on April 1, 2010. The April 1 deadline for paper applications provides adequate time for department employees to process the paperwork before the lottery.

This year, 3,140 permits will be allocated in the state’s 28 Wildlife Management Districts (WMDs). Season dates are:

· September 27-October 2: WMDs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 11, 19

· October 11-16: WMDs 1-14, 17, 18, 19, 27, 28

· Nov. 1-6: WMDs 2, 3, 6, 11

· Nov. 1-27: WMDs 15, 16, 23, 26

A “Maine Residents Only Day” is set for October 30, in WMDs 15, 16, 23, 26. Maine hunters need a lottery-drawn permit to hunt these districts on that day.

For complete 2010 Moose Lottery rules, please visit http://www.mefishwildlife.com. Please call 287-8000 or e-mail us at [email protected] if you have any questions.

Deborah Turcotte
Spokesperson, Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife
SHS 41 284 State St.
Augusta, ME 04333
W: (207) 287-6008
C: (207) 592-1164

Ok that’s the press release I got…now for the dirty details!!!!!

Now for the permit allocations here in my area: Districts #6 AND # 11 ……….780 permits that run from Sept.-November!!!!!

Here’s the breakdown:

************ Bulls ************** Cows/antlerless *********Anymoose ***Total
District #6 Sept.120 Oct. 50 Nov. 50 Sept.70 Oct. 85 Nov.125 ****** 0 ******* 500

District#11 Sept. 75 Oct. 50 Nov. 35 Sep. 30 Oct. 40 Nov. 50 ****** 0 ******* 280

Now I have only listed my two home areas because I have a problem with the late season in both arreas. The moose will be sitting ducks for the shooters in November sitting out there amasse in the rye fields as they always do. If the idea is to do to the moose what has been done to the deer herd….this should do the trick. In a season or two the moose around here are going to be about as scarce as the deer. They want us to kill 780 moose!!! That’s alot of moose. How many calves are going to get orphaned with the cow kill so high in these two areas? How many wounded moose are going to wander off when the cowboys start shooting at the herds in the rye?

I love the idea of increased opportunity ..but in November the numbers should be lower than this. Or we are going to see our moose decline way to fast at such high kill rates. That’s just my opinion.

What’s yours??
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