VT Moose Auction Closes June 21!

Waterbury, VT -- Always wanted a moose hunting permit but never won one in a state lottery? Here's your opportunity to bid on a permit and potentially win a hunt for Vermont's largest big game animal.

Vermont's auction for moose hunting permits is now open with a June 21 deadline to get in your written bid for a permit. Five permits will be auctioned in sealed, written bids.

Auction winners will choose to hunt in one of several wildlife management units (WMUs) open to moose hunting and choose to hunt in the proposed October 15-20 regular season, or during the proposed October 1-7 archery season.

Information about previous Vermont moose hunts may be found in reports on the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department's website (www.vtfishandwildlife.com). Under "Hunting & Trapping," click on Big Game Harvest Reports.

During the regular season, 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. There are many experienced Vermont moose hunting guides who could assist you if needed.

Bids do not include the cost of a hunting license ($22 for residents and $100 for nonresidents) or hunting permit fee ($100 for residents and $350 for nonresidents).

To receive a 2011 Moose permit bid kit, contact the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department, 103 South Main Street, Waterbury, VT 05651-0501. Telephone 802-241-3700 or email (fwinformation@state.vt.us).

Proceeds from the moose hunting permit auction help fund Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department educational programs. Winning bids typically start from $4,000 and go up from there.