Applications are now being accepted for the 2018 Moose Permit Lottery.

The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife is now accepting applications for the 2018 Moose Permit Lottery. You have until, May 15 to apply. Applications are only being accepted online. In years past, hunters have been able to submit an application by mail. Once completed you'll receive a confirmation email indicating that you successfully entered.

Since 1998, applicants receive bonus points on their name for each consecutive year entered without being drawn. Each bonus point gives you another chance at being selected. The more years someone enters, and isn't selected, the more bonus points are added per-year.

Here's the breakdown:

  • One bonus point is acquired each year for five years.
  • Two per-year for years 6-10,
  • Three per-year for years 11-15
  • 10 per year for years 16 and beyond

In 2011 a rule was enacted that an applicant can skip one year and not loose any acquired points. So if you applied in 2016, but didn't enter last year, you didn't loose your points.

According to a press release from MDIFW, the moose lottery drawing will be held in Skowhegan. The town is hosting the first-ever Skowhegan Moose Festival June 8-10, at the Skowhegan Fairgrounds. The moose permit lottery drawing will be on June 9.

The number of moose permits for the 2018 hunt has not been announced.

Good luck!