Hunters seeking a moose permit have until just before midnight tonight to apply.

The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife is reminding hunters they have until 11:59 tonight, May 15, to apply for the 2019 Moose Permit Lottery. Applications are only being accepted online. 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 2017, but didn't enter last year, you didn't loose your points.

The moose lottery drawing will be held at Cabela's in Scarborough, June 8.