MONTPELIER (AP) - Vermont will be issuing 20 percent fewer moose hunting permits for the regular season this fall, based on estimated population densities and moose management goals.

Hunters can now apply online for a permit for the Oct. 18-Oct. 23 season. Printed applications will be available in early May from Vermont license agents. The deadline to apply is June 10.

The state will be issuing 285 permits for the Oct. 18-Oct. 23 season.

Another 50 permits will be issued for the Oct. 1-7 archery moose season.

The lottery applications cost $10 for Vermont residents and $25 for out-of-staters. Hunters can also bid on five moose hunting permits in an auction, which will be announced at a later date.