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August 3 deadline for NH moose hunt auction bid

From the New Hampshire Department of Fish and Game

-- Auction bids for the New Hampshires moose hunt must be received by August 3. A total of five moose hunt permits are available through the auction, and proceeds benefit the Wildlife Heritage Foundation of New Hampshire.  

To bid, visit http://www.nhwildlifefoundation.org for information how to download official bid documents

2011 marks the third annual auction run by the Wildlife Heritage Foundation of New Hampshire. As the official nonprofit partner of the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department, the Foundation is authorized to auction up to five permits to the five highest bidders.

Proceeds from the auction help support critical fish and wildlife conservation and education programs of the Fish and Game Department, such as K-9 Search and Rescue, aerial trout stocking, improvements at Owl Brook Hunter Education Center, New Hampshire's celebration of National Hunting and Fishing Day and Wild Times for Kids, a wildlife education publication for N.H. school children.

Last year, the auction garnered 24 bids from eleven states, with the highest bid coming in at $8,600. Successful bidders in the 2011 auction will need to show proof of a previous hunting license or a certificate of completion of an approved hunter education training program.

Winning auction permit holders will be able to harvest one moose of either sex in a Wildlife Management Unit of their choice, and will be responsible for purchasing their own 2011 New Hampshire hunting license to accompany their moose permit. A portion of a winning bid may be tax deductible as a charitable donation. Bidders should check with their tax advisers regarding this.

Individuals who are offered a permit in the 2011 New Hampshire moose hunt lottery are not eligible to participate in the auction.

Additional information on moose hunting in New Hampshire, including rules, licenses, harvest information by WMU and a gallery of photos from successful N.H. moose hunts, can be found at http://www.huntnh.com/Hunting/Hunt_species/hunt_moose.htm.

The Wildlife Heritage Foundation of New Hampshire raises money and works with wildlife professionals and conservation educators to fund the conservation of wildlife and natural places important to New Hampshire's family traditions such as hunting, fishing and watching wildlife. Since it was established in 2006, the Foundation has supported many Fish and Game projects through grants, donations and sponsorships.

The Foundation accepts tax-deductible donations throughout the year from individuals as well as institutions, and now provides access to PayPal through its website for donor convenience. More information about the Foundation is available by calling (603)545-4873 or online at http://www.nhwildlifefoundation.org.

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