From the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife - IFW Hunting Report for September 30, 2014

Pheasant image from the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife website Augusta, Maine - In Region A, October 1 marks the beginning of pheasant season, and IFW biologists and clubs have been busy releasing birds throughout the region.

“We had our first pheasant release on Monday, and we have two other releases planned for October 5 and October 19,” said IFW Wildlife Biologist Corey Stearns. Stearns said that over 40 birds were released at each of the 22 sites, releasing over 880 birds so far in the region.

Releasing the pheasants before the season, or on a Sunday during the season, gives the birds some time to acclimate to their surroundings. Over the course of the season, both the department and area Rod and Gun clubs will release over 2300 birds at 22 different sites.

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From the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife - Bear Season Opens Monday, August 25

Black Bear hunting image from the the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife website Augusta, Maine - Bear hunting season begins on Monday, August 25 at 5:19 a.m. throughout the State of Maine. Last year, with over 10,000 hunters purchasing permits to hunt bear, 2,845 bears were killed.

Black bear populations are growing throughout North America, and due to Maine’s heavily forested landscape, Maine boasts one of the largest bear populations in the United States at over 30,000 bears. As a result, Maine has one of the longest hunting seasons in the country, stretching from the end of August to after Thanksgiving.

“Hunting is the Department’s tool for managing this thriving bear population,” says Jennifer Vashon, one of the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife’s bear biologists. “And due to Maine’s dense forest, bear hunting with dogs and with bait are essential for controlling Maine’s bear population.”

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From the Maine Dept. of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife - Moose Lottery Drawing Scheduled for 3:00 Saturday in Presque Isle

Calling a Moose out of the woods during the rut works - Photo from Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife Presque Isle, Maine - This Saturday, June 14, just over 3,000 hunters will find out if they will be taking part in what many call the “Hunt of a Lifetime.”

Starting at 3:00, the department will begin announcing the names of the lucky moose hunters who were fortunate enough to be drawn for a moose permit for 2014. The annual drawing is part of the Moose Lottery Festival that is taking place on Saturday, June 14 at the Gentile Hall Building at the University of Maine in Presque Isle.

This year, 53,577 people applied for the chance to hunt moose, including 15,158 nonresidents. There are 3,095 permits available this year, 10% which go to nonresidents.

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From the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife - IFW Reduces Number Of Moose Permits Available

Welcome to the Maine Moose Permit Lottery Augusta, Maine - Due to a peak year for winter ticks and their impact on the moose population this winter, the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife is reducing the number of moose permits available to hunters this fall.

Earlier today, The IFW’s advisory council accepted the department’s recommendation to reduce the number of moose permits available for the 2014 season. This fall, the department will issue 3,095 permits statewide, down from the 4,110 that were available last year.

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From the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife - Record Number Of Moose Hunters Successful For Second Year In A Row

Maine moose hunters lining up for the 2013 hunting season

Augusta, Maine - The numbers are in from this fall’s moose hunt, and 2,971 moose hunters were successful last season in their quest for a moose. The Department issued 4,110 permits this past season, with 72% of the hunters successful. The 2,971 successful hunters marks a new record, eclipsing the 2,937 of last year.

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From the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife - One Week Left To Apply For The Moose Permit Lottery

Only a few days left to sign up for your Maine Moose Hunting permits
Richard Houde Jr. (right) and Richard Houde Sr with their Maine Moose.
Augusta, Maine - Prospective moose hunters have just one more week to apply for the 2013 Maine Moose Permit Lottery.

The online applications must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. on May 14 and can be found by visiting www.mefishwildlife.com.

The moose permit lottery drawing will be held on June 15 in Greenville, as part of the three-day Moose Lottery Festival.

This year’s moose hunt is sure to be full of great memories with family and friends, just as last year’s hunt was for Justin and Megan Laite of Lincolnville.

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From the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife - Moose Permit Lottery Deadline Quickly Approaching

Maine moose hunters lining up for the 2013 hunting season

Augusta, Maine - The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife is reminding all hunters that the deadline to apply for the 2013 Maine Moose Permit Lottery is less than three weeks away.

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Shooters line up for the Maine Indoor Pistol Sectional at Blue Hill Rifle and Pistol Club

The 2013 NRA Competitive Shooting Season is well underway. You knew that, right?

Just last week, for example, the Blue Hill Rifle and Pistol Club welcomed shooters in for the Maine State Indoor Pistol Sectionals. With an exclusive report on the match is Sectional competitor Ken Kral:

Blue Hill, Maine - Blue Hill Rifle & Pistol Club hosted the Maine State Indoor Pistol Sectional on February 3, 2013. The assembled shooters, including five members of Blue Hill RPC and seven from Scarborough Fish & Game, competed in a standard 900 match. Ken Saunders, a regular attendee of the NRA National Rifle & Pistol Matches at Camp Perry for years, organized the match and called for the first relay at 9am.

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