Moose Auction Nets $51,542 For Scholarships
Over $50,000 was raised for youth conservation education scholarships in Maine through the 2003 Maine Moose Permit Auction. Five hunters bid a total of $51,542 in an auction for the privilege to hunt moose in Maine during the 2003 season. Four of the winning bids were unveiled Friday, and the fifth was auctioned by the North American Moose Foundation earlier in March.
All of the money derived from the auction goes to partial scholarships that will help send 300 Maine youngsters to the Maine Summer Conservation School at Bryant Pond and the Greenland Point Center in Princeton. At these five-day camps, youngsters ages 10 through 12 take part in an array of outdoor and classroom activities. Students work with experienced instructors and counselors, as well as staff from the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife and other state and private conservation agencies.
The auction was created by the Legislature and began in 1995. It allows the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife to publicly auction five moose permits.
Conservation camp programs are designed to teach the boys and girls of Maine the importance of conservation, a respect for the environment and a working knowledge of outdoor skills. Subjects taught at the camp include wildlife identification, introduction to fishing, boating safety, archery, firearms handling, hunter safety, forest conservation and map and compass work.
Both camps are still accepting applications for this summer's schools. The partial scholarships are still available and distributed on a first come, first serve basis. Interested applicants can call Maine Conservation School at 665-2068 for information and an application for either the Greenland Point Center in Princeton or for Bryant Pond an application.
These five hunters will join 2003 moose permit holders in the annual moose hunt during the 2003 moose hunting season: Weldon Doran of Stuart, Florida; Robert Roach of Bellefonatine, Ohio; Arthur Schischer of Northhampton, Penn.; Emily Crooker of Brunswick, Maine and Mark Spillane of Florida.