2006 Moose Hunt Auction

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Always wanted a moose hunting permit but never won one in a state lottery? Here's your chance to bid on a permit, rather than take your chances in another moose permit lottery.

Vermont's second auction for moose hunting permits is now open with an August 1 deadline to get in your written bid for a permit. Four permits will be auctioned in sealed, written bids. One permit will be auctioned on E-Bay at a date to be announced in the future.

Each auction winner will be able to hunt for a moose during the October 21-26 hunting season. About 78% of Vermont (7,500 square miles) is open to moose hunting, and 1,115 permits will be issued. Each permit will be for a moose of either-sex and will be specific to one of 18 wildlife management units (WMUs). If you win the auction, you may choose to hunt in any one of these open units.

Last year, 510 moose were taken on 766 either-sex permits for a success rate of 67%. Success rates for individual management units may be found in a report on Vermont's 2005 Moose Hunting Season available on the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department's website (www.vtfishandwildlife.com). Under "Hunting & Trapping," click on Big Game Harvest Reports.

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.

The heaviest moose ever taken in Vermont was an 11-year old, 1,045-pound dressed bull taken in WMU-E2. This bull had an antler spread of 64.5 inches. The bull with the Vermont record rack width (65 inches) was taken in WMU-P.    

Bids do not include the cost of a hunting license ($16 for residents and $90 for nonresidents) or hunting permit fee ($100 for residents and $350 for nonresidents).

To receive a 2006 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). If you have questions about the auction, please ask for Sally Morse.

Wildlife biologists are prescribing that 1,115 moose hunting permits be issued for the 2006 hunting season, at which time the statewide moose population is estimated to be over 5,000 animals.

Proceeds from the moose hunting permit auction will help fund Fish and Wildlife educational programs. Eighteen bids ranging from $2,510 to $7,777 were received in 2005. Winning auction bidders from last year may apply in this year's lottery and may bid in the auction again this year.