The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife has extended the deadline for Moose Lottery Permit paper applications by a month – to May 1.
Persons who choose to submit a paper application for the 2009 Moose Permit Lottery must have their entries postmarked by May 1 or deliver their applications to IF&W’s Augusta office by 5 p.m. on May 1.
This year, the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife moved its Moose Lottery application process online, and to much success. Applicants are finding the online system – at www.mefishwildlife.com  – convenient and easy to use. For people applying online, IF&W is extending the deadline for applications by six weeks. This year's online moose lottery application deadline is 11:59 p.m. on May 15.
Because the application process was moved online, the Department did not print or mail paper applications in an effort to save costs.
"We understand that many interested people are not aware of the transition from the paper applications to the online system," said Bill Swan, IF&W Director of Licensing. "We don't want anyone to miss out so we are extending the deadline by a month to make sure everyone has time to file their application."
If an interested hunter is unable to apply for the Moose Lottery online, the Department suggests:
Printing out a paper application from IF&W's website at www.mefishwildlife.com , fill it out, and mail it with your payment to the Department; Coming to IF&W's main office to fill out a paper application. The address is 284 State Street in Augusta.
Sending a stamped self-addressed envelope to IF&W at the address below. Department personnel will mail a paper application that can be filled out and mailed with your payment to IF&W. The address is:
Moose Permit Application Request
Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife
41 SHS, 284 State St.
Augusta, ME 04333-0041
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.