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Maine and NH are up. Yikes NH has odds posted. Worse then I thought. Cutting NR tags in 1/2 in 2 years did not help. I have 1 below max points and my odds were under a 1/2%
Nebraska doesn't have moose draws.
Someone will be along soon to tell you that you are wasting your time. And shortly thereafter someone will tell you how unfair these draws are. I am in, and I highly recommend these hunts to all, they are a lottery, which I accept as long odds. They are also close to home and the meat can come home with me.
Remember, VT also has an Archery only tag.
Good luck to all.
Steve H...... That may explain why I never draw!
His handle start with Z ? Lol
I am in for Maine as always. Dumped VT and NH a couple years back and put the money towards another application. That said I stopped waiting for Maine after a 15 year drought and have done two moose hunts since then....if it comes in great if not it’s not holding me up any more.
I'm in for Maine once again. Kind of curious how many "bundles" of points most of you guys buy? I only ever buy one and hope for the best. Worth a shot.
My friend drew 2 years ago with 30 years of points.....I got to do the Euro mount. 45" Bull. He is 62 and literally applied to Maine 30 years straight
Yah....buy a powerball ticket while your at it. It’s called paying voluntary taxes...
I am in with 80 bonus points. One of these years maybe.
I wish you guys would stop encouraging others to apply. My chances go down with every application. I am encouraging everyone to boycott Maine until they change their stupid preference point system.
One ticket just to be in the Maine game. I probably need to pay attention and figure out what units to list NEXT year prior to applying versus slapping numbers in like I just did, lol.
I drew Maine as a resident last year, with 9 points. I guided a guy a couple years back who drew with 16. An outfitter buddy of mine gets a client every year that draws their first putting in as a non resident (with less than 10 points bought).
Cashed NH points in 2012 but still in with max NR Maine points. Outfitter welfare & bonus point prostitution packs will prevent me from ever rejoining their game if I ever cash out. Joke of a distribution system run by podunk legislators.
Never went into any of the NE lotteries for any of the 65 years I lived in NNY. Just saved the $$$ and have been to NL 7 of the last 8 years. Headed back in 2019.
Have been in VT NH ME since day one in all three,have been lucky to draw 2 permits in VT through the years,back in the game this year as there is only 2 permits available to the general public for the rifle hunting and 4 for the archery hunt, have max points in Maine & NH ,only have ever bought a single chance in Maine hoping to draw someday!!
I'm with newfie1946moose, if you want to moose hunt, save your $$$ and go to NF. I still apply in NH, because face it, it doesn't cost much and there IS a chance.
This is my first year eligible to get back into the NH draw. I will be puttting in even though the number of permits is way down. I go into the Maine lottery with 16 years worth of points, who knows, maybe it's my year to draw. I have 2-3 bonus points in VT but I will not be applying there this year with only 1 NR permit available. This is the proposed VT breakdown 1 tag Hunt of a Lifetime (sick child) 1 tag given to the auction 1 tag given out to one lucky nonresident 2 Archery tags (VT resident) 5 Veteran tags (VT residents) 6 Rifle tags (VT residents)
I've been an apply-everywhere-for-everything type of guy for a long time. With lots of points for Moose in the 3 NE states. But I have to admit it's getting harder to justify continuing, with the Moose populations evaporating and seemingly no end in sight. I wonder about the sanity of pouring more money and hopes into it as a NR. Now if I was a resident of one of the three states, I'd definitely stay in the game, since it costs so little to apply.
My daughter lives in Maine though, so I did go ahead and purchase my 2 y-o grandson his lifetime Maine hunting license, and 2 moose points so far. Hopefully he will thank me someday ;-)