When Vermont’s annual auction of five moose hunting permits closed August 10, a total of $30,761.50 was taken in from the five winning bids.
The auction funds will be used to help fund Fish & Wildlife Department educational programs, such as the Green Mountain Conservation Camps for youths.
Bids do not include the cost of a hunting license, which is $26 for residents and $100 for nonresidents, or the moose hunting permit fee of $100 for residents and $350 for nonresidents. Winning bidders can choose to hunt in any one of Vermont’s Wildlife Management Units open for moose hunting.
The Fish & Wildlife Department held a lottery July 29, when 80 moose hunting permit winners were drawn from the more than 4,900 people who applied.
Hunters are expected to take close to 34 moose during Vermont’s moose hunting seasons.
Archery moose season is Oct. 1-7. Regular moose season is Oct. 21-26. Wildlife biologists estimate Vermont has 2,000 moose statewide.