Maine Hunting News

Hunters Ready For Bear Season
August 27 marks the beginning of bear hunting season in Maine, and several factors, including this summer's dry weather, could make 2001 a very successful season for bear hunters in Maine.
2002 Licenses Available
Anglers and hunters purchasing a sporting license will notice a change when they get their 2002 license. Gone are the multiple forms for different licenses. Now license agents will have the ability to issue any license with just one sheet of paper by checking the appropriate box.
Preliminary Figures: Deer Harvest Down
Preliminary data from this year's Maine deer season indicate that this year's harvest will be in the mid 20,000's, not the low 30,000's as expected. That would be a decrease of approximately 30 percent from last year, and an approximately 20 percent greater decrease than expected. Last year's deer kill was 36,885, this year, biologists expected a harvest of approximately 32,850.
Moose Hunt Success Rate is High
The final numbers are in from this fall's Maine moose hunt, and with 3,000 permits issued, 2,545 hunters were successful in their quest for a moose. That converts to an 84.8% success rate for the two-week split season. This was the first time for the split season, and the first time since 1990 moose hunters could hunt in September. The first week was September 24-29 and the second week was October 8-13.
Moose Population Survey
This April, the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife (IFW) conducted an aerial survey for moose in the Moosehead Lake area. Moose densities east of Moosehead Lake were determined to be at least 1.3 moose per square mile.