Vermont’s lottery for moose hunting permits closed June 17, but there’s one more opportunity to get a permit for this fall’s moose hunt. Vermont’s auction for five moose hunting permits is open until 4:30 p.m. Aug. 14.
Auction winners will hunt in one of several wildlife management units (WMUs) open to moose hunting and choose to hunt during the Oct. 1-7 archery season, or in the Oct. 18-23 regular season.
Vermont’s 2013 Moose Harvest Report on Fish & Wildlife’s website has details on last year’s hunt, including the towns where moose were taken. Look under “Hunting and Trapping” and then “Big Game.”
Bids must be entered with a sealed bid form available from Vermont Fish & Wildlife.
A minimum bid of $1,500 is required, and winning bids are typically at least $4,000. Bids do not include the cost of a hunting license (residents $22, nonresidents $100) or moose hunting permit fee ($100 for residents and $350 for nonresidents).
Additional information about the auction is on the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department’s website (www.vtfishandwildlife.com). Moose permit bid packets can be obtained by calling Fish & Wildlife at 802-828-1190 or by emailing (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The bid packets include a map of Vermont’s Wildlife Management Units with revised boundaries effective this year.
Proceeds from the moose hunting permit auction help fund Vermont Fish and Wildlife educational programs.
The lottery drawing for 285 regular moose season permits and 50 archery season permits will be held July 17 in Montpelier.