Apply for Moose Hunt by June 1

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If you want to take a chance on a Vermont moose hunting permit this year, be sure to send in your lottery application by the June 1 deadline.

Vermont moose hunting permit applications are available on the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department's website www.vtfishandwildlife.com. Under Hunting and Trapping, click on Lottery Applications.

Wildlife biologists estimate Vermonts growing moose population at about 4,700 statewide, and they have recommended 1,115 hunting permits be issued this year, 70 more than in 2005.
       
Ninety percent of Vermont moose hunting permits are issued by lottery to residents. The remaining 10 percent will go to nonresidents.

Lottery applications are $10 for residents and $25 for nonresidents. Winners of the permit lottery will purchase resident permits for $100 and nonresident permits for $350.
Hunters also will have the option to bid on five moose hunting permits in an auction to be announced later.

Hunters took 640 moose in Vermonts 2005 hunting season with a statewide average success rate of 61 percent. Hunters are expected to take over 650 moose this year, according to the proposal now before the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Board.

A report on 2005 moose hunting results is available on Fish & Wildlife's website www.vtfishandwildlife.com. Under Hunting and Trapping, click on Big Game Harvest Reports.