Moose hunt auction nets $30,761 for wildlife education

Vermont's annual auction of five moose hunting permits closed on Aug. 10, with $30,761 taken in from the five winning bids. The auction helps fund Fish & Wildlife Department educational programs, such as the Green Mountain Conservation Camps for youths.

Bids do not include the cost of a hunting license — $26 for residents and $100 for nonresidents — and a moose hunting permit fee — $100 for residents and $350 for nonresidents. Winning bidders can choose to hunt in any one of Vermont's Wildlife Management Units open for moose hunting.

The Fish & Wildlife Department held a lottery July 29, when 80 moose hunting permit winners were drawn from the more than 4,900 people who applied.

Hunters are expected to take close to 34 moose during Vermont's moose hunting seasons. Archery moose season is Oct. 1-7. Regular moose season is Oct. 21-26. Wildlife biologists estimate Vermont has 2,000 moose statewide.


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