Didn’t get picked in the lottery? You still have an option for hunting moose in New Hampshire this fall! The Wildlife Heritage Foundation of New Hampshire’s 2012 New Hampshire Moose Permit Auction is open. Bids must be received by August 3, 2012. Official bid guidelines and documents are available by mail and for downloading from the Foundation’s website at http://www.nhwildlifefoundation.org.
2012 marks the fourth annual auction run by the Wildlife Heritage Foundation of N.H. As the official nonprofit partner of the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department, the Foundation is authorized to auction up to five permits to the five highest bidders. Proceeds from the auction help support critical fish and wildlife conservation and education programs of the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department, such as K-9 Search and Rescue, Barry Conservation Camp, Owl Brook Hunter Education Center, aerial stocking of remote trout ponds, New Hampshire events for National Hunting and Fishing Day, and Wild Times for Kids (a conservation publication for schoolchildren).
“Every year, the auction provides the Foundation with a way to support Fish and Game programs and initiatives that are important to the people of this state. It is critical that we find ways to sustain wildlife conservation, education and outreach programs, particularly for the youth of New Hampshire who are the future stewards of our natural environment,” said Foundation Chairman Steve White.
Last year, the auction garnered 24 bids from seven states, with the highest bid at $8,500. Two of the winners were from New Hampshire, two from Massachusetts, and one from New York state.
Successful bidders in the 2012 auction will need to show proof of a previous hunting license or a certificate of completion of an approved hunter education training program. Winning auction permit holders will be able to harvest one moose of either sex in a wildlife management unit of their choice, and will be responsible for purchasing their own 2012 New Hampshire hunting license to accompany their moose permit. Individuals who receive a permit in the 2012 New Hampshire moose hunt lottery are subject to the rules of the lottery, and will not be eligible to participate in the auction. A portion of a winning bid may be tax deductible as a charitable donation; potential bidders should check with their tax advisors to determine eligibility.
Additional information on moose hunting in New Hampshire, including rules, permits, licenses and a gallery of photos from successful N.H. hunts, can be found at http://www.huntnh.com/Hunting/Hunt_species/hunt_moose.htm.
Logo courtesy of New Hampshire Fish and Game Department