From Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department
-- Always wanted a moose hunting permit but never won one in a state lottery? Here's your chance to bid on a permit, rather than take your chances in another moose permit lottery.
Vermont's fourth annual auction for moose hunting permits is now open with a July 28 deadline to get in your written bid for a permit. Five permits will be auctioned.
Auction winners will choose to hunt in one of several wildlife management units (WMUs) open to moose hunting and choose during one of two hunting seasons - either October 18-23 or October 25-November 2.
Hunting success rates for individual management units may be found in a report on Vermont's 2007 Moose Hunting Season available on the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department's website (www.vtfishandwildlife.com). Under "Hunting & Trapping," click on Big Game Harvest Reports.
You will be able to name a partner to hunt with you who also may carry a firearm or bow, and a third unarmed person may accompany you on your hunt.
Winning bidders also must purchase a hunting license ($20 for residents and $90 for nonresidents) and moose hunting permit ($100 for residents and $350 for nonresidents).
To receive a 2008 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).
Wildlife biologists are prescribing that 1,260 moose hunting permits be issued for the 2008 hunting season.
Proceeds from the moose hunting permit auction will help fund Fish and Wildlife educational programs. Last year bids ranged from $4,272 to $8,001. Winning auction bidders from last year may apply in this year's lottery and may bid in the auction again this year.