From the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department
-- Vermont’s third annual auction of five moose hunting permits closed on Aug. 4 with more than $23,000 taken in to help fund Fish & Wildlife educational programs, such as the Green Mountain Conservation Camps for 12 to 16 year old youths.
Eighteen bids ranging from $653 to $6,197 were submitted from people as far away as Kansas. Bids do not include the cost of a hunting license ($20 for residents and $90 for nonresidents) or hunting permit fee ($100 for residents and $350 for nonresidents).
Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department scientists have prescribed that 1,230 moose hunting permits be issued for the hunting season to be held Oct. 17-22 and Oct. 24-Nov. 1.
Less than 1 percent of the moose hunting permits were available for auction. Other permits were issued in a lottery drawing on July 9. Lottery winners are posted in a searchable database on the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department’s website (www.vtfishandwildlife.com). Click on “Hunting and Trapping” and then on “Lottery Applications and Winners.”
“Our management goal is to keep Vermont’s moose herd in balance with available habitat,” said Cedric Alexander, Vermont’s lead biologist on moose. “Carefully constructed hunting regulations enable us, once again, to enjoy having moose in Vermont on a sustainable basis, while their numbers are maintained at levels that fit habitat capacity and the needs of people.”
Wildlife biologists estimate Vermont has 4,000 to 5,000 moose statewide.