Online applications for the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife’s 2011 Moose Permit Lottery are due by Friday, May 13 at 11:59 p.m. Only applications filed online will be accepted 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,” said Bill Swan, the department’s director of licensing. “That way, if any questions arise, applicants can contact us so we can assist them.”

This year, 3,205 permits will be allocated in the state’s 28 Wildlife Management Districts (WMDs). This is an increase of 65 permits from 2010, primarily in WMDs 22 and 25.

The season dates are:

Sept. 26 through Oct. 1: WMDs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 11, 19

Oct. 10-15: WMDs 1-14, 17, 18, 19, 27, 28

Nov. 7-12: WMDs 2, 3, 6, 11

Oct. 31 through Nov. 26: WMDs 15, 16, 22, 23, 25, 26

A “Maine Residents Only Day” is set for Saturday, Oct. 29, in WMDs 15, 16, 22, 23, 25, 26. Maine hunters need a lottery-drawn permit to hunt these districts on that day.

The 2011 Maine Moose Permit Lottery will be held Thursday, June 16 at Cabela’s in Scarborough.

The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife can be reached at 287-8000 or online by clicking here.

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