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MOOSE HUNTING SEASON: October 5 through October 10, 1998. Other game species on which the season is open may also be hunted during moose hunting week.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: April 30,1998 - Mailed applications must be postmarked no later than midnight April 30, 1998. Applications delivered in person must be received in the Fisheries and Wildlife Department's Augusta Office (284 State Street) no later than 5:00 P.M. Thursday, April 30, 1998. Application for the drawing must be made on the Department's standard application form.

*NUMBER OF PERMITS (NEW): 2,000 permits distributed by zone (1,800 - resident and 200 - nonresidents) Permit distribution by zone: NE (470), NW (150), C (375), SE (380), SC (185), SW (360), S (80) See Moose Hunting Zones Section for Resident/Nonresident permit distribution by zone.

*LOTTERY CHANCES AND FEES (NEW): Starting in 1998 a person can have up to six chances in the regular moose drawing. A resident can obtain one chance for $5.00, 3 chances for $10.00 and 6 chances for $20.00. For a resident to apply for more than one chance, the applicant must be in possession of a 1998 big game hunting license. A nonresident can obtain one chance for $10.00, 3 chances for $20.00 and 6 chances for $30.00. An applicant can submit only one application card. If more than one card is submitted, the first card received will be the one used for entry in the drawing. Fees are nonrefundable. All applications submitted in one envelope may be covered by a single check. Make checks payable to Treasurer, State of Maine. A fee of $20.00 will be charged for each insufficient funds check. Never send cash.

*BONUS POINTS (NEW): The legislature recently passed a law that allows the Department to award bonus points to individuals who apply for a moose permit each year, but are unsuccessful in obtaining one. Beginning with the 1998 drawing, and individual will accumulate one point per year for each consecutive, unsuccessful year of entry into the drawing. Each bonus point accumulated gives the individual an additional chance in the drawing for which they have legally applied. Points will be awarded beginning with the 1999 drawing.

For the Department to be able to track bonus points for applicants, each applicant must have a unique identification number in the system. Your unique number can be your social security number or the number that the system has assigned you which shows on your preprinted application form. On the 1998 application there is a space for you to provide your social security number. If you provide this number and always s provide us your correct social security number, you can be assured of receiving your correct bonus points. To receive your points using your department assigned number, you must always apply on the preprinted application form or provide your correct department issued number on your application. A person changing from the Department issued number to suing the applicant's social security number must provide both numbers on the application form to maintain the accumulated points.

Bonus points are forfeited if: a) the person skips a year in applying by failing to purchase a chance; b) the person obtains a permit through the drawing for moose, including any permit obtained as an alternate; c) the person is selected for a permit and later declines and/or fails to meet the criteria for legally possessing that permit; d) the person is found to have not legally applied in the current year; or e) a person fails to apply using the preprinted application or provide the correct identification number to track the applicants bonus points. Bonus points are not transferable to another person.

ZONES: Only the northern and western portion of the state is open to moose hunting. To distribute the hunting pressure, the moose hunting area is divided into seven zones. Hunters must list all seven hunting zone preferences in descending order on the application form. If you do not complete all the boxes, and you are drawn to receive a permit, you will be assigned to the zone with the most permits left. All zone selections are final. No zone swapping is permitted.

TWO YEAR WAIT PERIOD: Anyone receiving a Maine moose hunting permit must wait two years before being eligible to hold another one. If you received a permit in 1996 or 1997, you may not apply. This requirement affects permit holders only; it does not concern hunters who were subpermittees, nor does it prohibit a hunter from being a subpermittee during the two-year period.

AGE: Applicants must be at least 10 years old by April 30, 1998 to be eligible for the drawing. All applicants 10 years of age and older must comply with Maine's hunter safety law before a big game license can be issued.

SUBPERMITTEE: At the time of application, each permit holder may select one person as subpermittee to participate in the moose hunt. An alternate subpermittee may be designated at this time also. By law, no one other than these two people may be designated as the subpermittee. The limit is one moose of either sex, and it may be shot by either the permit holder or subpermittee. Other individuals may accompany the moose hunters, but only the permit holder or subpermittee may hunt or kill the moose.

RECEIPT: The applicants only proof of entry in the drawing is the receipt card attached to the application form. If you desire a receipt, you must place the correct US postage on the receipt card and fill in the same name and address as shown on the application form.

DRAWING: The public chance drawing will be held about mid-June, 1998. Selected applicants are assigned their highest choice of available districts until all permits are awarded. Alternates are selected to fill any permits not taken by the original recipients. Drawings for residents and nonresidents are held separately.

NOTIFICAITON: Each successful applicant in the permit drawing will be notified by mail shortly after the drawing. The successful applicant will then have a designated period (about three weeks) in which to acquire the permit. Applicants not selected in the drawing will not be notified.

MOOSE PERMIT AUCTION: There will be a Department auction for five moose hunting permits in 1998. All bids must be received no later than March 31,1998. All proceeds from the auction are dedicated to youth conservation education in Maine. To request a bid packet or obtain more information on the moose auction, contact the Department by phone, mail or E-Mail.

INDIAN TERRITORIES: The Penobscot Nation and the Passamaquoddy Tribe, within their respective Indian territories, have exclusive authority to regulate hunting. At the time of this publication, parcels of Indian territory are located within the following areas: PENOBSCOT NATION: Franklin County - Alder Stream Twp; Penobscot County - T2R9 NWP (western portion), T6R8 WELS (western portion), Argyle Twp. (northern portion) and T3R1 NBPP (northeastern portion); Piscataquis County - T6R8 NWP. Portions of Williamsburg. The Penobscot Nation also has exclusive authority to regulate hunting in the Penobscot Reservation, consisting of all islands in the Penobscot River north of, and including, Indian Island, located near Old Town. PASSAMAQUODDY TRIBE: Franklin County - Lowelltown, T1R8 WBKP; Hancock County - T3 & 4 ND; Washington County - T5 ND BPP, T19 MD Indian Twp.; & Pleasant Point, Perry; Penobscot County - T3R9 NWP, T5R1 NBPP, TAR7 WELS; Somerset County - Holeb, T6R1 NBKP Prentiss, T4R4 NBKP, Hammond Twp., T3R4 NBKP, Alder Brook Twp., T3R3 NBKP, Pittston Academy Grant, T2R4 NBKP, Soldier Town Twp., T2R3 NBKP. Oxford County - Parcels in Albany Twp. Most of these areas will be posted conspicuously as Indian Territory. Anyone wishing to hunt on Indian Territory or wanting more specific locations of these parcels may contact these Indian Agencies:

Dept. of Natural Resources
Old Town, ME 04468
Phone: (207)827-7776, ext. 230

Passamaquoddy Ranger Dept.
Box 301
Princeton, ME 04668
Phone: (207) 796-2677
Hunters For The Hungry The Maine State Hunters for the Hungry Program is a State wide program that brings together hunter, sporting organizations, meat processors, Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, Maine Department of Agriculture and the State's Hunger Relief organizations to help feed Maine's hungry. The program works by soliciting a donation for game meat from hunters for distribution to charities by the Maine Department of Agriculture. Donations and processing are covered under the Maine Good Samaritan Act. To donate call toll free to the Maine Department of Agriculture 1-888-4Deerme (1-888-433-3763). If you get a recording due to busy lines, please leave a detailed message and return telephone number.

  1. Applications must be returned, addressed to: Inland Fisheries & Wildlife, Moose Application, 284 State Street, 41 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333-0041, by mail postmarked no later than April 30, 1998 or delivered in person no later than 5:00 p.m. on April 30,1998.
  2. Payment can be made by check, credit card or money order. Checks or money orders should be make payable to TREASURER, STATE OF MAINE. The application fee is not refundable. A fee of $20.00 will be charged for each insufficient funds check. NEVER SEND CASH! You may send one check for more than one application if they are enclosed in one envelope. Complete lower right side of application if you are paying with Visa or Mastercard.
  3. Fill out all of the information on the application. Any application which is not filled out in a complete, accurate and legible manner, will be disqualified from the drawing.
  4. Check a box indicating the number of chances you are obtaining for the 1998 drawing. If you are a resident obtaining more than one chance in the 1998 drawing you must complete the 1998 hunting license box in the left corner of the application form. Each applicant can still submit only ONE application.
  5. Fill out all seven hunting zone choices using the zone abbreviations listed on the map. All zones must be marked in the order of your choice.
  6. Fill in your subpermittee and alternate if you want one. By law no one other than one of the two people listed may be designated as the subpermittee. Do not list yourself in the subpermittee boxes.
  7. You must be at least 10 years old by April 30, 1998 to be eligible to apply.
  8. Anyone who obtained a moose hunting permit in 1996 or 1997 is not eligible for a permit in 1998. Subpermittees in 1996 and 1997 may apply.
  9. Complete receipt card and affix correct postage if you want to have a receipt.
NOTE * If you want a receipt, leave the receipt attached to the application. Fill in your name and address on the receipt and attach United States Postage. Receipts not properly filled out or missing the correct postage will not be returned. If you do not want the receipt, remove before mailing. The receipt will be returned only if you write your name and address on the card and attach the correct U.S. postage. ***NEW***
  1. 1. Multiple Chances - Applicants can obtain 1, 3 or 6 chances in the drawing. Residents must have a big game hunting license to obtain more than one chance.
  2. 2. Bonus Points will be awarded to applicants who apply in consecutive years using the same identification number beginning in 1999.
  3. 3. Credit Card Payment - You can now pay moose application fee using Visa or Mastercard.
NOTE - No change in subpermittee requirement or hunting zones.

Be A Supersport! The extra $15 you pay supports the Maine Fish and Wildlife Department's critical landowner relations program.

Residents and nonresidents - hunters, anglers, trappers, guides - can all become Supersports. And even if you don't buy sporting licenses, you can still show your support by purchasing a Supersport certificate.

As a 1998 Maine Supersport, you have an opportunity to purchase at cost an exclusive Supersport hat with embroidered Fish and Wildlife Department logo! In addition, several business supporters of the Supersport program are offering the following as their ways of saying "thank you":

  • From Points North Outfitters in Winthrop a 10% discount on most items in the store (some restrictions apply—check with store)
  • From the Kittery Trading Post in Kittery a gift certificate
  • From Van Raymond's Outfitters in Bangor a gift certificate
  • From Maine's Northwoods Sporting Journal in West Enfield a one year subscription
  • From North Maine Woods Association in Ashland a gift ceritficate
  • From the Maine Fish and Wildlife Department a window decal & wildlife report
Maine residents can buy a Supersport license wherever licenses are sold. Nonresident hunters and anglers may buy a Supersport license at the above businesses or through the mail from:

Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife
284 State St., State House Station 41
Augusta, ME 04333
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