Maine’s 2011 hunting and fishing licenses are available for purchase online or at more than 800 licensing agents statewide.

For ease and convenience, the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife’s online service MOSES. More than 200,000 people use MOSES annually from their computer or at the more than 300 licensing agents statewide who also are connected.

To use MOSES, visit online at or select MOSES from the MDIF&W website at

With MOSES, hunters and anglers can purchase licenses any time and can print their license — and duplicates — from their computer in minutes. Returning users’ information already is in the system and can easily be updated.

Any resident or non-resident sportsperson looking to hunt or fish in Maine can use MOSES. This online service in not available for individuals that need to obtain a complimentary, lifetime or military license, or for those interested individuals from countries other than the United States or Canada.

The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife primarily is funded from the sales of licenses and registrations. The department will receive little revenue from the state’s general fund. All proceeds from the sale of licenses stay within the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. None of the money is used to support other state agencies.

If one believes in the department’s efforts to manage Maine’s natural resources, but may not be a hunter or angler, consider buying a license to support the programs. Outdoor recreation activities, such as hunting, fishing, ATV riding, snowmobiling, boating and wildlife watching, contribute $2.4 billion to Maine’s annual economy and support 15,790 outdoors-related jobs.

Using MOSES is simple. License buyers will need to have available their personal information, such as first and last name, address, date of birth, and other pertinent information. Also, they’ll need their previous hunting license number or safety course number (if one are purchasing a hunting authority), and a credit card number. Visa, Mastercard and Discover credit and debit cards are accepted.

By purchasing online, buyers are saving the department the direct costs associated with the expense of manual paper licensing. These savings then can be applied to the important management of Maine’s fish and wildlife resources.

VillageSoup sports staff can be reached by phone at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail at