The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife is accepting applications for the 2018 Maine moose permit lottery.

The online application process is fast and simple and one receives instant confirmation they have successfully entered the lottery. To apply, visit

There, applicants will be able to indicate several preferences, including which wildlife management districts (WMD) they are willing to accept a permit in, and if they would accept a permit in another WMD if their name is drawn and all of their top choices are filled. They will also be able to select your preferred hunting season, whether or not they would accept an antlerless permit, and their choice of a sub-permittee.

The deadline for online applications is 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, May 15.

The MDIFW suggest for those who do not have access to a computer or internet at home to use a computer at work during lunch or a break, use a computer at the library or ask a friend or relative for help to apply.

Applicants are awarded bonus points for each consecutive year they have applied for the lottery since 1998 without being selected and each bonus point gives the applicant an additional chance in the drawing.

Bonus points are earned at the rate of one per year for years one to five, two per year for years six to 10, three per year for years 11 to 15 and 10 per year for years 16 and beyond.

Since 2011, applicants can skip a year and not lose their bonus points. So if they applied in 2016 but not in 2017, they still have their points available if they apply in 2018.

The moose permit drawing will take place on Sunday, June 10 at the Skowhegan Moose Festival.

For more information about moose hunting in Maine and the moose permit lottery, visit:

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