Always wanted a moose hunting permit but never won one in a state lottery? Here’s your opportunity to bid on a permit and potentially win a hunt for Vermont’s largest big game animal.

Vermont’s auction for five moose hunting permits is open until August 21 with a minimum bid amount of $1,500. Sealed bids on forms provided by Fish & Wildlife must be received by 4:30 p.m. that day.

Auction winners will choose to hunt in one of several wildlife management units (WMUs) open to moose hunting and choose to hunt during the October 1-7 archery season, or in the October 19-24 regular season.

Vermont’s 2012 Moose Harvest Report with details on last year’s hunt, including the towns where moose were taken, is on Fish & Wildlife’s website. Look under “Hunting and Trapping” and then “Big Game.”

Bids do not include the cost of a hunting license (residents $22, nonresidents $100) or moose hunting permit fee ($100 for residents and $350 for nonresidents).

Contact the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department to receive a moose permit bid packet. Telephone 802-828-1190 or email (fwinformation@state.vt.us). Information about the auction is posted on Fish & Wildlife’s website (www.vtfishandwildlife.com).

Proceeds from the moose hunting permit auction help fund Vermont Fish and Wildlife educational programs. Winning bids are typically at least $4,000.

The lottery drawing for 355 regular moose season permits and 50 archery season permits will be held August 1 in Montpelier.

Image courtesy Vermont Fish & Wildlife

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