The deadline for paper applications for the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife’s any-deer permit lottery is Friday, July 30 at 5 p.m.

That is not the last deadline for the lottery, however. The department accept applications online through Monday, Aug. 16 at 11:59 p.m.

To apply online, go to mefishwildlife.com and select “Any Deer Permit” from the top or right side of the screen.

The department no longer mails paper applications to hunters who have entered in past lotteries. By moving the application process online, hunters are finding it faster and easier to enter and receive instant confirmation that their entry has been accepted.

The department is issuing 48,825 any-deer (antlerless) permits this year for Wildlife Management Districts 12, 13, 15-17, 20-26 and 29. It is bucks-only in all other WMDs.

The permit allocation is: 32,907 for residents; 12,208 for landowners; 2,649 for non-residents; and 1,061 for Superpack holders. Superpack and landowners must meet certain requirements. See the department’s website for more information.

The drawing will be Friday, Sept. 10.

If an applicant does not have access to a computer or the Internet at home, the department offers the following suggestions:

• Use a computer at work during break or lunch;

• Use a computer at your local library or Internet café;

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

If those options are not available, visit one of our 840 licensing agents and they will assist you in applying online. There is an additional $2 processing fee if one applies online through an agent.

If for any reason an applicant cannot apply online, the department offers these options:

• Send a stamped, self-addressed envelope to the address below and the department will mail you a paper application;

• Print out a paper application from the department’s website, fill it out and mail it to the department;

• Come to the department’s main office in Augusta, where you can fill out a paper application.

The address is: Any-Deer Permit Application Request, Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, 41 State House Station, 284 State St. Augusta, ME 04333-0041

The deadline for paper applications to be postmarked or hand-delivered to the department’s Augusta office is Friday, July 30 at 5 p.m.

Applicants must possess a valid Maine license to hunt big game in order to apply or a valid Superpack license to apply for a Superpack Deer Permit. The Superpack license is available to Maine residents only.

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