Vermont’s annual auction of five moose hunting permits closed on Aug. 10, with $30,761.50 taken in from the five winning bids.
Bids do not include the cost of a hunting license ($26 for residents and $100 for nonresidents) and a moose hunting permit fee ($100 for residents and $350 for nonresidents).
The Fish & Wildlife Department held a lottery July 29, when 80 moose hunting permit winners were drawn from the more than 4,900 people who applied.
Hunters are expected to take close to 34 moose during Vermont’s moose hunting seasons in October. Wildlife biologists estimate Vermont has 2,000 moose statewide.