Prospective Maine moose hunters are finding out whether their name was pulled in this year’s Maine moose permit lottery, held June 18 at Cabela’s.

More than 1,500 people came to the national retailer’s Maine site to partake in a day of activities that included a barbecue contest, moose call techniques, moose hunt seminars — and the reading of 3,862 permit winners’ names, the most in the 31-year history of the lottery.

Fortunately, emcee Doug Rafferty of WGME Channel 13 didn’t have to read all of the names. Volunteers came to the podium and handled that task. Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Commissioner Chandler Woodcock read the first 50 names.

This year, 49,887 people entered the moose lottery. Residents could buy one, three or six chances, with odds (including preference points) of one in 76 of securing the coveted permit. For non-residents, who receive no more than 10 percent of the permits in each wildlife management district, the odds were one in 416.

Entrants were young and young-at-heart, from ages 10 to 100. Eight 10-year-olds out of the 350 who applied got a moose permit. In total, 177 young people under age 16 were winners among the 3,021 who entered. The oldest permit winner is 94 years old. He can brag to the other eight people who are 94 or older that he got one.

Before the names were read, attendees were able to visit with vendors, and one booth was manned by the Rangeley Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce, which is working with DIF&W to plan next year’s lottery event. Woodcock has selected Rangeley as the site, and he said he is looking forward to returning the lottery to western Maine. More information on that will be available in early 2012.

The department is giving away 10 permits to disabled veterans through a separate lottery. Information on how to enter also is available on DIF&W’s website.

For more information, go online at mefishwildlife.com.

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