Hundreds of moose hunting hopefuls and outdoor enthusiasts flocked to the Moosehead Lake region on Saturday, June 15 for the annual Maine moose hunting permit lottery. This year's lottery, or more festival like event, was hosted in Greenville. The annual event draws moose hunting hopefuls each year for a chance to win a coveted permit to hunt the famed animal in the state of Maine.
The 2013 lottery awarded four thousand one hundred and ten permits with ten percent of these awarded to out of state residents. Depending on the type of permit awarded and wildlife management district assigned hunters who are drawn and pay for their permits and licenses can hunt beginning mid September to mid November.
The event officially took place at Greenville High School on Pritham Avenue. There were plenty of vendors, games, and food to keep the entire family entertained throughout the day. Local shops and restaurants were busy as well with the added visitors to the summer destination.
State biologists and the Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife estimate the Maine moose population to currently be around seventy six thousand.
The annual hunt has been a tradition in Maine since 1982. Each year the annual drawing for permits is held in a different location in the state. The 2014 lottery is scheduled to be held in Presque Isle, Maine.