AUGUSTA — The Maine fish and game department says the deadline is nearing for online applications for the 2011 moose hunt lottery.

Applications for permits are due by 11:59 p.m. Friday, May 13. The only applications still being accepted are those filed online at

The department is encouraging applicants to apply online during the day or at their earliest convenience before the close of business at 5 p.m. May 13.

The Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife says this year, 3,205 permits will be allocated in the state’s 28 Wildlife Management Districts. That is an increase of 65 permits from 2010.