The Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife is proposing a rule that would increase the number of moose permits available to hunters for the 2004 hunting season. The proposal would increase the number of permits issued by 550 in Wildlife Management Districts 3, 6, and 11 in Eastern Aroostook County.
In 2003, 900 permits were issued in those three WMDs that stretch from Route 11 east to the Canadian border; the proposal calls for 1,450 permits in those WMDs for the 2004 hunting season, an increase of 161%. This year, 2,585 moose hunting permits were issued statewide. Under this proposal, the department would increase that to 3,135 permits. 3,000 permits were issued from 1999 - 2002. The 3,135 permits would be the most issued since the modern moose hunt resumed in 1980.
There will be a public hearing concerning the proposal on Thursday, November 6, 2003 at 6:30 at the Presque Isle Fish and Game Club on Parson's Road in Presque Isle. Those unable to attend the hearing can be heard by emailing their comments before November 17 to Andrea.Erskine@maine.gov  or by writing to Andrea Erskine, Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, 41 State House Station, Augusta, ME, 04333.