Vermont Moose Lottery Licenses Awarded Today
Today is finally the day, that Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department will award the 455 moose licenses through their annual lottery! The 455 include 50 archery licenses as well, this year being the first for the archery moose season. The archery season was started in response to interest from the bow hunting community.
The total number offered this year, is 1/3 that of two years ago. Which might mean the moose population is being properly managed, but not so good for hunters who are dissapointed with the low numbers of licenses awarded. 400 is roughly the number of licenses that will be offered in the foreseeable future.
There were 12,830 applicants for rifle season and 1,500 who applied for archery season. The winners are selected randomly by a computer. Five of the rifle permits will be given to veterans of either the Iraq or Afghanistan wars through a special application process. The rifle season and the archery season both last a week in October.
“It's quite an experience for people, because you may never get another chance,” said Cedric Alexander, a wildlife biologist for the department who leads the moose management project. “People take it pretty seriously and they often will hunt before sunrise to after sunset day after day after day. They hunt hard, they hunt in the rain, they get cold and wet and tired, but if they get one then they're elated. Then of course the real work starts.” From The Rutland Herald.
The Fish & Wildlife Department website where lottery results will be posted is www.vtfishandwildlife.com.