Vermont’s annual auction of moose hunting permits brought in $30,761.50 last month from the five winning bids. The auction helps 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 ($26 for residents and $100 for nonresidents) and a moose hunting permit fee ($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. The final five permits are awarded at an auction after the permit lottery closes.
Archery moose season is October 1-7. Regular moose season is October 21-26. Wildlife biologists estimate Vermont has 2,000 moose statewide and estimate hunters will take approximately 35 animals this fall.