Paper applications for the 2010 Moose permit lottery are due by Thursday, April 1 at 5 p.m. at the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.

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

The April 1 deadline is for paper applications only. For the last few years, the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife has encouraged hunters to apply online for the lottery through its website, mefishwildlife.com.

The deadline for online applications is Friday, May 14 at 11:59 p.m.

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

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

• Pick up a paper application at the IF&W booth at any of the sportsmen shows statewide.

A paper application also was printed in the February issues of the Maine Sportsman and Northwoods Sporting Journal.

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.

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