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Vermont 2020 Moose Hunt Auction Closes Aug 12
Submitted by: TBC Press
Posted on: 07/30/20
Vermont’s auction for three moose hunting permits is open until 4:30 p.m. August 12. Bids will be opened and winners notified on August 13.
The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Board authorized a total of 55 permits for the 2020 moose season. Auction winners of three of those permits will hunt in Wildlife Management Unit E in the northeast corner of the state during the October 1-7 archery season, or in the October 17-22 regular season.
Bids must be entered with a sealed bid form available from the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department. A minimum bid of $1,500 is required, and winning bids have typically been at least $4,000 when the number of permits available were higher. Bids do not include the cost of a hunting license (residents $28, nonresidents $102) or moose hunting permit fee ($100 for residents and $350 for nonresidents).
Moose permit bid packets can be obtained by calling Fish & Wildlife at 802-828-1190 or by emailing ([email protected]).
Proceeds from the moose hunting permit auction help fund Vermont Fish & Wildlife educational programs.
“Moose density in WMU-E, where the hunt will occur, is more than one moose per square mile, significantly higher than any other part of the state,” said Nick Fortin, Vermont Fish & Wildlife’s biologist in charge of the moose project. “Moose densities greater than one per square mile support high numbers of winter ticks which negatively impact moose health and survival.”
“Research has shown that lower moose densities, like in the rest of Vermont, support relatively few winter ticks that do not impact moose populations,” said Fortin. “Reducing moose density decreases the number of available hosts which in turn decreases the number of winter ticks on the landscape. The goal is to improve the health of moose in WMU E by reducing the impact of winter ticks.”
Nonresidents are cautioned that COVID-19 travel restrictions could be extended into the fall moose hunting season.
OUT OF STATE HUNTERS, FISHERMEN & OUTDOOR ENTHUSIASTS; Due to the Covid 19 pandemic, there could be limitations for OUT of STATE hunters, fishermen and other outdoor enthusiasts to include a 14-day quarantine requirement or negative COVID-19 testing alternative. Please check with the State's Department of Natural Resources BEFORE you travel or apply for the 2020 Fall Hunts.
As OUR COUNTRY REOPENS AGAIN (from the COVID-19 pandemic) and continue to enjoy outdoor activities, ALL outdoor enthusiasts (man, woman, child) should follow the guidelines set by nps.gov. These guidelines include; social distancing, the Leave No Trace principles, including pack-in and pack-out, to keep outdoor spaces safe and healthy.