Maine’s 2018 moose permit lottery application process is now open, and applications will be accepted online only.
The online application process allows hunters to receive instant confirmation of success in entering the lottery. To apply online, click here.
The online moose permit application form allows hunters to indicate several preferences, including wildlife management districts (WMD), and if they would accept a permit in another WMD, if drawn and all other top choices are filled.
Applicants can also select the preferred hunting season, if they would accept an antlerless permit, and the choice of a sub-permittee. The deadline to apply is 11:59 p.m. on May 15.
Applicants are awarded bonus points for each consecutive year that they have applied for the lottery since 1998 without being selected. 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. For example, those who applied in 2016 but not in 2017 still have points available if they apply in 2018.
The 2018 moose lottery permit drawing will take place June 9 during the Skowhegan Moose Festival. For more information, visit here.