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Maine moose permit lottery applications available

From the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife

-- Applications for Maine's 2011 moose permit lottery now are available online at www.mefishwildlife.com.

The deadline for online applications is 11:59 p.m. May 13.

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.

Maine no longer prints or mails paper applications for the moose lottery. Hunters unable to apply online have several options:  

.  The February issue of The Maine Sportsman or Northwoods Sporting Journal feature paper applications. The application is printed on Page 2 in The Sportsman, and on the back cover of Northwoods Sporting Journal.

. Print out a paper application at www.mefishwildlife.com, fill it out, and mail it with payment to Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, 41 SHS, 284 State St., Augusta, ME 04333-0041.

. Fill out a  paper application at  DIF&W's main office, 284 State Street, Augusta.

. Send a stamped self-addressed envelope to MDIF&W at 284 State St., Augusta, ME 04333-0041 and request a mail copy of the paper application.
       
Paper applications must be postmarked or hand delivered to MDIF&W in Augusta on or before April 1 by 5 p.m.  

The April 1 deadline for paper applications provides adequate time for department employees to process the paperwork before the lottery.

Season dates are Sept. 26 to Oct. 1 in WMDs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 11 and 19; Oct. 10 to 15 in WMDs 1-14, 17, 18, 19, 27 and  28; Nov. 7 to 12 in WMDs 2, 3, 6 and 11; and Oct. 31 to Nov. 26 in WMDs 15, 16, 22, 23, 25 and 26.

A residents only day is Oct. 29 in WMDs 15, 16, 22, 23, 25 and 26. Maine hunters need a lottery-drawn permit to hunt these districts on that day.

The 2011 Maine Moose Permit Lottery will be held in mid-June at Cabela's in Scarborough. The date and time will be announced later. For complete 2011 Moose Permit Lottery rules, visit www.mefishwildlife.com or call (207) 287-8000.

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