Maine Moose Permit Application Deadline Approaching

Posted by admin On March - 18 - 2010

April 1st is paper application deadline. Midnight May 14 for online application.

If you are planning on heading up to Maine this year in hopes of bringing down a whole lot of moose, then you better make sure you have your application in order.

The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife has announced that this year paper applications must be in the mail no later than April 1st. Any application that is not postmarked by April 1st will not be considered for the permit lottery. If you do not want to mail the permit application to the office, you can simply deliver it by hand to 248 State Street in Augusta. It has to be there by 5 p.m. if that is the route you choose.

To mail the application, simply print and fill out this application and mail it to:

Moose Permit Application Request
Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife
41 State House Station
284 State Street
Augusta, Maine 04333 0041

If, for whatever reason, you are not going to be able to meet that deadline, there is really no reason to start fretting. Since you are reading this blog, it is safe to assume you have access to the Internet and a computer. The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife will be extending the online application deadline until 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on May 14th. You can access the online application by going here .

Remember that hunters will have several Wildlife Management Districts that they could hunt in this year. The districts, or WMDs as the Maine Fisheries and Wildlife Department likes to call them, are grouped together and have different seasons for moose hunting. There are some districts that have several open dates.

Wildlife Management Districts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 11 and 19 will have a 2010 moose season from September 27th until October 2nd this year. Districts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 17, 18, 19, 27 and 28 will have a hunting allowed from October 11th through October 16th.

Wildlife Management Districts 2, 3, 6 and 11 will have hunting from November 1st through November 6th, while districts 15, 16, 23 and 26 will be able to hunt moose from November 1st through November 27th.

Maine residents will also be able to hunt October 30th in WMDs 15, 16, 23 and 26.

There is a section on the application that asks district preference, as well as a section that will allow a hunter to choose to be only in the drawing for bull permits instead of in the drawing for both bull and antlerless only permits.

This year, according to the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, there will be 3,140 permits issued. Out of that number, no more than 10 percent in each district will be issued to nonresident hunters.

The Main Department of Wildlife is requesting that all applicants try to use the online application process, citing a monetary savings for the department. They suggest that if an applicant does not have a computer for use at home, they could use a computer at work during lunch or a break, use a computer at the local library or Internet cafe or ask a friend or relative with a computer for help in applying.

In addition to just applying for a permit, participants in the lottery will have an opportunity of increasing their odds of being selected by purchasing extra chances. The cost breakdown for Maine residents is $7 for a single chance, $12 for three chances and $22 for six chances. Nonresident costs are $15 for one chance, $25 for three chances, $35 for six chances and $55 for 10 chances.

No matter how you want to apply or how many chances you want, make sure to take the time and get your application in. You have zero chance if you fail to make the deadline.

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