From the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department
-- The winners of Vermont’s 2009 moose hunting permits were determined July 9 at a lottery drawing in Montpelier. The computer-generated selection process randomly selected 1,230 winners from more than 14,000 applicants.
People who applied last year and didn’t get a permit were given a bonus point, increasing their odds of winning a permit in future moose permit lotteries.
A special priority drawing was held for five permits to go to applicants who have received, or are eligible to receive, a Campaign Ribbon for Operation Iraqi Freedom or Operation Enduring Freedom (in Afghanistan). Valid applications were received from 106 people. These five permits were drawn first. Unsuccessful applicants from the Iraqi-Afghanistan drawing were included in the larger regular drawing that followed. All applicants for both drawings who did not receive a permit were awarded a bonus point to improve their chances in future moose permit lotteries.
Winners of this year’s moose hunting permits 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.”
Those who didn’t win in the lottery may bid in a sealed-bid auction for five moose hunting permits. To receive a 2009 Moose permit bid kit, contact the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department, 103 South Main Street, Waterbury, VT 05651-0501. Telephone 802-241-3700 or email (firstname.lastname@example.org). The deadline for bids is August 4.
Vermont law prohibits anyone who has held a Vermont moose hunting permit within any of the previous three calendar years from applying for a moose hunting permit or a bonus point in the current year. This includes permits awarded through the auction bid process.