2.4 BILLION dollars comes into Maine thanks to folks like you and me. I contribute directly to the 200 million that is brought in every year in connection with deer hunting. In this article, Bob Humprey gives an over view of impact that our hunting and fishing industry has on the economic health of the State.
I have heard people complain about the cost of tagging a deer more than I have the cost of the license. Yes its a lot of money for people who don't really have it, but its worth it when you think about the impact it is having on the State.
In comparison, the $$ for Moose hunting: $7 per chance to have your name entered into the lottery. If you get picked (Dad was in 2010), then you pay $50-something ($52 maybe) to get the permit so you can then go hunt. You pay to tag it, have the meat butchered and bring it home. AND- that is JUST for in-state residents. The price of a moose permit for an out of stater is like $400-$500 dollars. Mind blowing! But, as the above article talks about, its money that is having a huge impact on Maine.