Vermont’s sixth annual auction of five moose hunting permits closed on August 21, with $22,094.05 taken in to help fund Fish & Wildlife Department educational programs, such as the Green Mountain Conservation Camps for 12 to 16 year old youths.
Bids do not include the cost of a hunting license ($22 for residents and $100 for nonresidents) and a moose hunting permit fee ($100 for residents and $350 for nonresidents).
Auction winners were as follows:
David Wood, New York, $5,101.00
Robert Ashton, New Hampshire, $4,687.00
Peggy Davis, New Hampshire, $4,500.00
Michael Barry, Vermont, $4,033.33
Ashlee Leone, Vermont, $3,772.72
Winning bids in Vermont’s moose hunt permit auction are typically lower than in the auctions in neighboring states. Also, winning bidders can choose to hunt in any one of Vermont’s Wildlife Management Units open for moose hunting.
The Fish and Wildlife Department held a lottery on August 2, when 385 moose hunting permit winners were drawn from the more than 11,000 people who applied.
Hunters are expected to take more than 200 moose during Vermont’s moose hunting seasons. Archery moose season is October 1-7. Regular moose season is October 20-25. Wildlife biologists estimate Vermont has 3,000 moose statewide.
“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 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.”