2022 was the worst year for moose hunting in Maine

Mainers have complained that moose seem harder to find compared to the early days of hunting.

And they can’t be wrong, as 2022 was the least successful season for hunters since modern moose hunting began in 1980.

Sixty-two percent of hunters (2,199 of 3,530) have successfully killed a moose during the traditional statewide hunt over the past year, according to preliminary data recently released by the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. The previous low of 65.3 percent was reached in 2014.

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