How We Determine the Number of Permits to Issue
The number of permits we issue in each WMD varies year to year by the WMD's management goals, which are developed through public input. More total permits may be issued if some were deferred the previous year due to permittee illness, armed service status, or similar situations. Curious what your chances are of winning a permit? Here's how the numbers broke down in 2018:
Total Applications Received: 57,185
Total Permits Issued: 2,523
Change in total permits from previous year:+417
Antlerless Permits: 448
Any-Moose Permits: 44
Non-Resident Applicants: 17,757
Non-Resident Permits Issued: 247
Non-Resident Selection Rate: 1.4% (~1 permit for every 72 applicants)
Resident Applicants: 39,428
Resident Permits Issued: 2276
Resident Selection Rate: 6% (~1 permit for every 17 applicants)
Accurate but also a bit misleading. Though there are 57,185 applications received, there are more than 57,185 "entries" in the lottery system because many applicants have accumulated preference points. For example, I have 6 preference points so, though I was one applicant, I had 6 chances in the lottery. None of my chances worked, so I'll be entering again next year.
FWIW, of all the non-residents, Pennsylvania had the most successful applicants.
From the list upthread, it would appear most of the PA winners got tags in the far northern part of the state, WMDs 1 through 6. Here's a map of the WMDs (which are not the same as WMAs, roughly the analog to an SGL): https://www.maine.gov/ifw/hunting-tr...s/wmd-map.html
Areas 3 and 6 may have broccoli fields, which are a very good place to hunt b/c moose love broccoli and farmers don't love moose eating their cash crop.
Be exceptionally careful to stay within the WMD on the tag. Getting lost (easy on those woods roads) and taking a moose out of your assigned WMD means you lose the moose (at a minimum) and might get a significant violation on top of it, depending on the warden and the circumstances. It does happen.
The "sep", "oc1" and "oc2" tell you which week of the season your tag is valid. Viz.:
"SEP": WMD's 1 through 6, 10, 11, 18, 19, 27 and 28, September 23 - September 28, 2019
"OC1": WMD's 1 through 14, 17 through 19, 27, and 28, October 14 - October 19, 2019
"OC2": WMD's 1 through 6, October 28- November 2, 2019
Only one PA hunter (Mr. Murphy) drew area 16. https://www.maine.gov/ifw/docs/wmd/wmd16.pdf
This means he can take any moose he encounters in the period November 4 - 30. (There's a reason areas 15 and 16 have such a long season - there aren't that many moose there b/c its relatively close to civilization.) Of course, that period is also the Maine deer season and there's a good bit of agriculture in that area, so ….
Good luck to all.