The US states where an Eastern Canada moose can be hunted (Boone & Crockett calls them Canada moose) are Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont. At this writing, you can still get in the running for a hunt in all three states. Here's a state-by-state rundown on what's involved:
MAINE: This state has been holding permit-only moose seasons since 1980, longer than any other eastern state. According to state wildlife biologists, Maine's moose population is currently estimated at 29,000 animals. Last year, the state issued 2,895 permits and hunters killed 2,317 moose, a success rate of 80 percent. That figure has remained relatively stable in past years.
Maine divides its moose hunt into two separate seasons. In 2005, the dates are September 26 through October 1; and October 10 to 15. The first season has tags available only in Wildlife Management Districts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 11 and 19. The second season is held in Wildlife Management Districts 1 through 14, plus 17, 18, 19, 28 and 29.
There are two ways to obtain a moose permit in Maine. You can either purchase one of five permits auctioned annually, or you can get very, very lucky and win one in the annual lottery. The auction route has four distinct advantages: First, if you bid high enough, you are assured of getting a permit. Second, when you purchase an auction permit, you may select the hunting zone of your........(continued)