AUGUSTA, Maine - Week two of the two-week moose season begins on Monday, October 11 in the northern two-thirds of the state. In week 1 of the moose season, September 27 through October 2, approximately 80 percent of all moose hunters were successful.
Information gathered from Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Biologists, Game Wardens and Registration Stations revealed that 753 hunters killed a moose that first week. A total of 929 permits were issued for an 81% success rate. These numbers are approximate, and could change. The first week of the two-week moose hunting season is only in northern and eastern parts of the state.
Hunting is the department's primary management tool for wildlife populations. This year the department increased the number of moose permits available in the northeastern section of Maine to address a concern among area residents of increased moose vehicle accidents in the area. Hunters were issued 1,210 permits in that area in order to decrease the moose population in northern and eastern Aroostook County.
This year, 2,895 moose hunting permits were issued. There were 73,713 people who applied to hunt moose in Maine. 53,101 of these applicants were residents, and 20,612 were non-residents.
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