Vermont Moose Permit Winners are Drawn

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The winners of Vermont's 2006 moose hunting permits were determined July 11 at a lottery drawing in Montpelier. Governor Jim Douglas pushed a computer button, starting the selection process.

The drawing is done by a random sort of applications that were submitted by a June 1 deadline. A total of 1,115 permits were issued from more than 11,500 applicants. Lottery applications were $10.00 for residents and $25.00 for nonresidents. Odds of drawing a permit are about one in ten for residents and one in twenty for nonresidents.

Governor Douglas and Fish & Wildlife Commissioner Wayne Laroche spoke about the importance of moose hunting in Vermont.

"Vermont's moose population has prospered due to good wildlife management by our Fish & Wildlife Department," said Governor Douglas. "This will be Vermont's 14th moose hunt in modern times. For those who didn't win in today's lottery we have an auction for five moose hunting permits, but be sure to get your bid in by August 1."

"Today's lottery drawing helps celebrate one of Vermont's successes in science-based wildlife management," said Commissioner Laroche. "Vermont's moose management program has worked very well since the first hunt in 1993, when 25 moose were taken with 30 permits issued. We expect more than 650 moose will be taken this fall in a carefully regulated hunt."

Winners of this year's moose hunting permits are posted in a searchable database on the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department's website (www.vtfishandwildlife.com). Click on 'Hunting and Trapping' and then on Lottery Applications and Winners.