Maine Moose Applications Due May 14th

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Online applications for the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife's 2010 Moose Permit Lottery are due by 11:59 p.m. this Friday, May 14. The only applications still being accepted are those filed online at www.mefishwildlife.com.

"We're encouraging applicants to apply online during the day or at their earliest convenience before the close of business at 5 p.m. on Friday," said Bill Swan, IF&W Director of Licensing. "That way, if any questions arise, applicants can contact us so we can assist them."

The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife can be reached at (207) 287-8000.

Hunters are finding that using the online application system is easy and convenient, Swan said.

Paper applications no longer are being accepted as that deadline passed in April.

This year, 3,140 permits will be drawn for the fall harvest. Last year, 82 percent of hunters were successful.

Realizing that some interested hunters do not have a computer, IF&W offers the following suggestions: - Use a computer at work during lunch or a break; - Use a computer at a local library or an Internet café; - Ask a friend or relative with a computer for help.

The 2010 Moose Permit Lottery Drawing will be held Thursday, June 17 at L.L. Bean in Freeport.