The three largest hunting groups in Maine all oppose a proposal to allow the use of crossbows during the archery season for deer in the state.
Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine
Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife officials said it is planning to offer more than 65,000 permits this year, an increase from last year’s total of more than 45,000, which itself was a 60 percent climb from the previous year.
But Maine is still looking to cut down the number of moose hunting permits it offers this year. The state, which has the largest population of moose in the lower 48 states, is reducing the number of moose permits from 2,140 to 2,080.