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Maine plans controlled moose hunt in Aroostook County

From the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife

-- For the third consecutive year, a controlled moose hunt is planned for Aroostook County to address farmers' concerns about crop depredation and high incidences of moose/vehicle collisions. The hunt will take place Aug. 15 through Sept. 24.

The controlled hunt is targeted to manage moose in an area with limited access or non-traditional habitat that typically would not attract recreational hunters. MDIF&W will issue 100 permits to eligible landowners and guides. Up to 60 percent of permits will be issued to landowners, and up to 30 percent to Registered Maine Guides. Ten permits will be allocated to disabled veterans.

Landowners who received a controlled moose hunt permit in 2010 and guides who won a permit in 2009 and 2010 are not eligible for the 2011 controlled hunt.

Eligibility requirements and online permit information is available at http://www.maine.gov/ifw/licenses_permits/lotteries/moose/index.htm.

Online applications are due by 11:59 p.m. June 17; there is no application charge. If selected, permit fees are $52 for residents and $484 for nonresidents.  The random chance drawing takes place June 22, and winners' names will be posted. Winners must be available to attend informational meetings in late July.

Disabled veterans permits will be issued in cooperation with the Maine Department of Defense, Veterans and Emergency Management Bureau of Veteran's Services  which provides logistical support to selected veterans. Interested disabled veterans are asked to contact Peter Ogden at (207)626-4464.

In 2009, the first year of the controlled moose hunt, 100 permits were allocated and hunters had an 81 percent success rate. Last year, 100 permits were allocated and hunters experienced a 64 percent success rate.

A moose taken under these permits is in addition to the statewide bag limit. Permits issued under this controlled hunt are exempt from the provisions of the moose permit point system of the recreational moose hunt.

A person who receives a controlled moose hunting permit is exempt from the two-year eligibility requirement of the recreational moose hunt. All other fees, laws and rules relating to moose hunting apply. For additional information call (207)287-8000.

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