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04-08-2009, 03:24 PM
2009 Maine Moose Permit Lottery Set For June 18

Augusta, Maine – Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Commissioner Roland “Danny” Martin announced today that the 2009 Moose Permit Lottery Drawing will be held Thursday, June 18 at the University of Maine at Fort Kent.

The drawing of names will begin at 6 p.m. at UMFK’s Sports Center, located on 23 University Drive, in Fort Kent.

This is the first time the lottery drawing has been held in the St. John Valley. Since 1999, the Moose Permit Lottery Drawing has been held at different locations throughout the state, including Millinocket, Boothbay Harbor, Old Town, Bucksport, Scarborough, Presque Isle, Rumford, Phippsburg and Kittery. Last year’s drawing was held at the Kittery Trading Post.

“This annual event usually draws a large crowd of outdoor enthusiasts, and folks that have applied for the moose hunt,” said Commissioner Martin. “I want to thank UMFK President Richard Cost for hosting this year’s event, and a special thanks to Senator Troy Jackson and Representative John Martin for helping to coordinate the drawing.”

According to Commissioner Martin, a planning committee comprised of local officials and citizens from the St. John Valley and Aroostook County will be formed to help organize the drawing. The Greater Fort Kent Area Chamber of Commerce will be assisting in helping to promote the event.

“Since the drawing will be held in a large facility at the UMFK campus, there will be plenty of opportunity for local businesses, including sporting (hunting & fishing) businesses, to promote Aroostook County and exhibit their products,” Martin said. “We encourage these businesses and organizations to place their trade booths and their exhibits at this year’s event.”

“The St. John Valley is the perfect place to hold a moose lottery drawing because of the large population of Moose in northern Maine, and we are thrilled that Commissioner Martin has picked Fort Kent this year,” said Rep. John L. Martin.

Senator Troy Jackson, who represents northern Aroostook County, said that he looks forward to this year’s event. “This will be an opportunity for folks in the County to showcase their products and hospitality,” he said.

Commissioner Martin said that IF&W staff from Augusta and local biologists and game wardens will be on hand at the event. “This is a great opportunity for sports enthusiasts and the general public to interact with our personnel,” Martin said.

Anyone interested in becoming a member of our planning committee or locating their trade booth and exhibit at this year’s drawing should contact Andrea Erskine at 287-5201 or at Andrea.Erskine@maine.gov.