Maine Hunting News

Maine Moose Deadline Approaching

The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife wants to remind everyone that this year’s lottery for a Moose Permit closes on May 14th. Paper applications were due in April and the only way to still get your name in the pot for a permit is by applying on-line.

“We would encourage people to apply as soon as possible and avoid the chance they might miss the opportunity to participate. The deadline is rapidly approaching” said Chandler Woodcock, Commissioner of the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.

Maine Moose – Vehicle Collisions Approach Peak, Next Two Months are Most Dangerous

Moose along the Maine roadside are becoming more common and the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife along with MaineDOT warn that May and June are the most frequent months for vehicle – moose collisions.

“Given the size and mass of moose, the likelihood of serious personal injury is far greater with moose and thus it is absolutely critical for drivers to be constantly vigilant during this time of year,” says Lee Kantar, state moose biologist for IF&W.

Maine Preliminary 2011 Deer Harvest Numbers Released

Maine’s 2011 deer season resulted in a total harvest of 18,839 deer by resident and non-resident hunters.  Although the winter of 2010-2011 was tough, especially mid-winter, snow disappeared rapidly and deer benefited from spring rains and a relatively early spring green up.  Overwinter survival of fawns increased, giving a boost to yearlings available during the fall hunting season.  Increased success by archers and youth hunters alike continues to demonstrate the allure of bowhunting, and the interest of young hunters in pursuing one of North America’s most exciting game species.

Maine Moose Permit Lottery Odds of Winning Get Better Every Year

The odds of winning a Moose Hunting Permit get better every year!

IF&W has issued moose permits since 1980. The number of applicants peaked in 1994 with 94,543 applications for 1200 permits, and odds of 1 in 79 applicants winning a permit. Last year, in 2011, there were 49,889 applicants for 3,862 permits; with the odds of 1 in 13 applicants winning – a substantially better chance!

New 2012 Birder Bands Available From Maine DIFW

For the fourth consecutive year, birders across the state will have the opportunity to support non-game and endangered species conservation with the purchase of the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife’s Maine Birder Band.

Maine DIFW Reminds Hunters Of Transport Law

Are you hunting out of state? Maine hunters should know the regulations surrounding bringing harvested deer, elk, moose or caribou back into the state of Maine.

Currently it is illegal to bring the whole carcass of a deer, moose, elk or caribou into Maine (except if it comes from New Hampshire, Quebec, Newfoundland, Labrador or New Brunswick).

Already this fall Maine has had hunters bring in whole carcasses from Virginia and New York, both states that have identified Chronic Wasting Disease in their borders. These deer were confiscated and destroyed.

Maine DIFW: Hunter Education Instructors Recognized For Service

Three of Maine’s longest-tenured hunter education instructors were recognized by the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife for their efforts recently at a safety course held at Gorham Middle School.

Sam Boothby of Gorham, Phil Guimond of Gorham and Mike Richard of Old Orchard Beach each received plaques to commemorate their milestones. Boothby is in his 40th year of hunter’s safety instruction, while Guimond has successfully certified 5,000 students and Richard has certified 3,000 students.

Maine DIFW: 2011 Deer Hunt Focuses on Species' Growth

With the start of the statewide white-tailed deer season just days away, Maine hunters are reminded that recovering our state’s deer population is this year’s top priority.

DIF&W Commissioner Chandler Woodcock states, “We are proud at the Department of the progressive steps we are taking to grow our deer population. The lower number of doe permits, our increased initiatives with landowners addressing deer yard issues and our aggressive programs of predation control all address the fact that one of our priorities is to grow the deer herd in Maine.”

Maine Landowners Recognized at Landowners/Land Users Banquet

Nearly one dozen corporate and private landowners across the state were honored last week as the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife and Maine Snowmobile Association recognized their efforts during the annual Landowner/Land User Recognition Banquet.

The Pingree Family and Seven Islands Land Company of Bangor joined Maritime and Northeast LLC of Richmond in receiving awards for their generosity in ensuring that public recreation on privately-owned land continues to be part of Maine's outdoor tradition.

Maine DIFW: Mark Latti Named New Landowner Relations Coordinator

The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife is pleased to announce that Mark Latti has been named the Department’s new Recreational Access and Landowner Relations Coordinator.

Latti, who previously served nine years as the MDIFW spokesman, will begin his new duties on October 17.