AUGUSTA — Applications for the annual Maine Disabled Veterans’ Controlled Moose Hunt are available on the Maine Bureau of Veterans’ Services’ website at

The program, created in 2010, allows veterans to assist in mitigation of a wildlife conflict in several fresh produce crops. The hunt is a partnership between Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, Maine Bureau of Veterans’ Services, and Smoldering Lake Outfitters, according to a news release from Ryan Lorrain, director of Communications at the bureau.

IF&W created the five-week window for a controlled moose hunt in Central Aroostook County.

Though the initial purpose was to assist farmers who lose their crops to wildlife depredation by the largest member of the deer family, the program also offers support to military veterans through an opportunity for a controlled hunt that allows for peer-networking and the ability to enjoy the Northern Maine outdoors in a safe comfortable setting.

Unlike the IF&W moose lottery, the Disabled Veterans’ Controlled Moose 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. Upon arrival at the camp in the County, veterans are housed, fed, equipped with adaptive gear, and provided guiding services at no cost to the veteran.

Meat processing is arranged for those who are successful. If a veteran has already tagged a moose through this program, that veteran is ineligible to participate in the program again.


The number of available permits this year is dependent upon funding and sponsorship. Money for the hunt that is raised within Maine will cover the expenses for Maine residents and non-resident hunters are covered by out of state veteran organizations. This is only possible through the generosity of supporting businesses and individuals. The Veterans Afield Foundation will accept tax deductible donations, dedicated to the Maine Disabled Veterans’ Moose Hunt.

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For more information about the hunt, visit or contact the bureau at 207-287-7020 or [email protected].



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