Disabled Veterans’ Controlled Moose Hunt applications available

AUGUSTA – Applications for the annual Maine Disabled Veterans’ Controlled Moose Hunt are available from the Maine Bureau of Veterans’ Services.
This year, there will be three hunts in August and two in September. The hunt lottery is limited to veterans who have a VA disability rating of at least 50% or higher and have either completed hunter safety or a hold Maine hunting license. Veterans who have got a moose through the program are not eligible. Visit maine.gov/veterans/benefits/recreational-licenses/veterans-moose-lottery for an application.
The deadline to apply is 4 p.m. Sunday, April 30. Results will be posted online May 28.
The Maine Disabled Veterans’ Moose Hunt is a partnership between Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, Maine Bureau of Veterans Services and Smoldering Lake Outfitters.
The IF&W created the five-week window for a controlled moose hunt in central Aroostook County with the initial goal of assisting farmers who lose their crops to wildlife depredation from moose. But it also allows disabled veterans to get a chance to hunt in a safe comfortable setting. Upon arrival at the camp, veterans are housed, fed, equipped with adaptive gear, and paired with a Registered Maine Guide at no cost. Meat processing is arranged for those who are successful.
“The Disabled Veterans’ Controlled Moose Hunt provides an adaptive outdoor experience that allows veterans to build comradery within their hunting group of veterans and guides, which has proven to be incredibly valuable for all who have participated,” said David Richmond, director of the Maine Bureau of Veterans’ Services. The number of available permits this year is dependent on funding and sponsorship.
The Veterans Afield Foundation 501c(3) accepts tax-deductible donations, dedicated to the Maine Disabled Veterans’ Moose Hunt, to help defray expenses. Visit veteransafieldfoundation.org.