Applications are still being accepted for the 2021 Moose Permit Lottery, but the deadline is quickly approaching.

The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife is accepting applications for the 2021 Moose Permit Lottery. You have until, May 13 to apply. Applications are only being accepted online. Once completed, you'll receive a confirmation email indicating that you successfully entered. When filling out the moose lottery application this year, hunters can choose to take part in the Adaptive Unit Hunt. The special hunt helps biologists determine if moose density reduction can break or lessen winter tick impacts to moose in Maine.

To learn more about the Adaptive Unit Moose Hunt, check out our in-depth article.

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 2018, but didn't enter last year, you didn't loose your points.

The 2021 Moose Lottery Drawing will be virtual again this year. The online broadcast is set for June 12, at 1 p.m. All of the results will be posted online by 6 p.m. that day. Below is the live-stream.

The 2020 Moose Lottery Drawing was to be held at Sky Lodge in Jackman. The hope is for the venue to host the next drawing, possibly in 2022.

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