State opens online moose permit registration
AUGUSTA, Maine — The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife is now accepting applications online for the 2019 Maine moose permit lottery. Applications for permits will be accepted online only.
DIFW officials said the process is fast and simple and applicants will receive instant confirmation that they have successfully entered the lottery.
To apply online, go to mefishwildlife.com and fill out the online moose permit application. There, you will be able to indicate several preferences, including which wildlife management districts (WMD) you are willing to accept a permit in, and if you would accept a permit in another WMD if your name is drawn and all of your top choices are filled.
You will also be able to select your preferred hunting season, whether or not you would accept an antlerless permit, and your choice of a sub-permittee.
The deadline to apply for the lottery is 11:59 p.m. on May 15, 2019.
Applicants are awarded bonus points for each consecutive year that 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 2017 but not in 2018, they still have their points available if they apply in 2019.
This year’s permit drawing will take place at Cabela’s in Scarborough on June 8.
For more information about moose hunting and the lottery, visit: www.maine.gov/ifw/hunting-trapping/moose-permit.html.