Time is running out to apply for a Maine moose permit.

The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife is accepting applications for the 2022 Moose Permit Lottery, but time is ticking low. You have until, Thursday, May 12 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.

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.

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Prior to the cancelation of the in-person drawing in 2020, the town of Jackman was named to host the festivities. Now, after two years, the event will take place in town. The first-ever Jackman Region Moose Lottery Festival is set for June 11, 2022. The one-day festival will celebrate the region’s outdoor sporting and forest products heritage, in conjunction with the lottery drawing.

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