Monday marks the start of the 2021 Maine moose hunting season.

Maine's moose season is underway. Monday, September 27, marked the start of the season in certain wildlife management districts. The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife issued 4,030 permits this year, 952 more than the previous year. 550 permits were issued for the newly introduced Adaptive Moose Hunt.

2021 Maine Moose Season:

  • September 27-October 2 - WMD: 1-6, 10, 11, 18, 19, 27, 28
  • October 11-16 - WMD: 1-14, 17-19, 27, 28
  • October 25-30 - WMD: 1-6, 8
  • October 30 - WMD: 15, 16 (Maine resident moose permit holders only)
  • November 1-17 - WMD: 15, 16
  • October 18-23 - Adaptive Unit Week 1
  • October 25-30 - Adaptive Unit Week 2
  • November 1-6 - Adaptive Unit Week 3

IFW's Adaptive Moose Hunt will help biologists determine if moose density reduction can break or lessen winter tick impacts to moose in Maine. The cow permits were issued in a particular area of Zone 4, where the study will be conducted. All the moose harvested in the study area will be analyzed by biologists. To learn more about the Adaptive Unit Moose Hunt, check out our in-depth article.

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