Online applications for the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife’s 2010 moose permit lottery are due by Friday, May 14 at 11:59 p.m. The only applications still being accepted are those filed online at mefishwildlife.com.

“We’re encouraging applicants to apply online during the day or at their earliest convenience before the close of business at 5 p.m. on [May 14],” said Bill Swan, IF&W director of licensing. “That way, if any questions arise, applicants can contact us so we can assist them.”

The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife can be reached at 287-8000.

Hunters are finding that using the online application system is easy and convenient, Swan said.

This year, 3,140 permits will be drawn for the fall harvest. Last year, 82 percent of hunters were successful.

Realizing that some interested hunters do not have a computer, IF&W offers the following suggestions:

• Use a computer at work during lunch or at break;

• Use a computer at a local library or an internet café;

• Ask a friend or relative with a computer for help.

The 2010 moose permit lottery drawing will be Thursday, June 17 at L.L. Bean in Freeport.

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