The time has come to enter the 2010 moose permit lottery.

For the last couple of years, the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife has encouraged hunters to apply online for the lottery through its website, mefishwildlife.com. It’s an easy and convenient way to submit an application.

The deadline for online applications is 11:59 p.m. on May 14, 2010.

MDIF&W no longer prints or mails paper applications for the moose lottery. If an interested hunter is unable to apply using the online licensing system, the department suggests:

• Printing out a paper application from IF&W’s website at mefishwildlife.com, fill it out, and mail it with your payment to the department;

• Coming to IF&W’s main office to fill out a paper application. The address is 284 State St. in Augusta;

• Sending a stamped self-addressed envelope to IF&W at the address below. Department personnel will mail a paper application that can be filled out and mailed with your payment to IF&W. The address is:

Moose Permit Application Request
Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife
41 SHS, 284 State St.
Augusta, ME 04333-0041

Paper applications must be postmarked or hand-delivered to MDIF&W in Augusta by 5 p.m. on April 1. The April 1 deadline for paper applications provides adequate time for department employees to process the paperwork before the lottery.

This year, 3,140 permits will be allocated in the state’s 28 Wildlife Management Districts (WMDs). Season dates are:

• Sept. 27 through Oct. 2: WMDs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 11 and 19.

• Oct. 11-16: WMDs 1-14, 17, 18, 19, 27 and 28.

• Nov. 1-6: WMDs 2, 3, 6 and 11.

• Nov. 1-27: WMDs 15, 16, 23 and 26.

A “Maine Residents-Only Day” is set for Oct. 30, in WMDs 15, 16, 23, 26. Maine hunters need a lottery-drawn permit to hunt these districts on that day.

For complete 2010 Moose Lottery rules, visit mefishwildlife.com, call 287-8000 or e-mail info.online@maine.gov.

VillageSoup sports staff can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail at sports@villagesoup.com.