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Disabled veterans controlled moose hunt lottery entries open

From the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife

-- Maine has allocated 10 moose hunting permits to disabled veterans to participate in the controlled moose hunt in Aroostook County Sept.14 - 23.

To qualify, a Maine veteran must have the State of Maine Disabled Veterans Hunting License issued by MDIF&W. All in-state applications will be placed in a lottery and the drawing for seven permits will take place on July 15. Three permits will be given to non-resident Wounded Warriors who will join Maine's disabled veterans in this year's disabled veterans' moose hunt.

Last year, disabled veterans who were awarded permits were 100 percent successful in getting a moose with the help of guides. Dave Hentosh of Smoldering Lake Outfitters and Paul House of House in the Woods Military and Family Retreat in Lee and their friends will return this year as guides for the disabled veterans.

The application for the lottery can be found on the MDIF&W and Bureau of Veterans Services websites.  Veterans who cannot access the application online can call Maine Veterans' Services at (207)430-6035 to receive application by mail. All applications must be received by Maine Veterans' Services by July 8.

A disabled veteran who receives a regular moose permit for the 2011 regular moose season is not eligible for this controlled moose hunt.  More information about the controlled moose hunt can be found online at http://www.maine.gov/ifw/licenses_permits/lotteries/moose/index.htm.

Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife and the Maine Department of Defense, Veterans and Emergency Management sponsor the hunt.

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