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Maine moose permit auction applications due in a few days

February 15, 2021 GMT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The deadline for Maine’s moose hunters to apply to participate in an auction for a permit to try to bag one of the big animals is coming up in a few days.

The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife auctions 10 moose hunting permits to the highest bidders every year. The deadline to participate in the auction is Feb. 19.

The state gives out more of the coveted permits via a lottery system. Maine’s moose hunt attracts tens of thousands of applications, but the state typically only gives out about 3,000 permits

Moose lottery applications are due by May 13. The hunt itself takes place in the fall.

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This year’s hunt is scheduled to begin Sept. 27 and end Nov. 27. The schedule includes “Maine Resident Only Day” on Oct. 30.