Gary Robertson wins Vermont’s lifetime hunting and fishing license lottery

Gary K. Robertson, 60, of Loris, South Carolina is the lucky winner of a Vermont lifetime hunting and fishing license in the 2014 drawing from 4,474 lottery tickets purchased during the year.

“This makes my day,” Robertson said. “I was born in Rutland, and I am recently retired from a military career, but I have always returned to Vermont to do my hunting and fishing. This is the best news I have heard in a long time.”

The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department holds an annual “Lifetime License Lottery” drawing and presents a lifetime hunting and fishing license to the winner.  The drawing was held at the department’s headquarters in Montpelier during a Dec. 17 meeting of the Fish and Wildlife Board. 

“The License of a Lifetime Lottery gives anyone, resident or nonresident, an opportunity to win a Vermont hunting and fishing license that is valid for the rest of his or her life,” said Fish and Wildlife Commissioner Louis Porter. “Even if you don’t win the license, by applying, you have the good feeling of knowing you have contributed to fish and wildlife conservation in Vermont.”
You can enter Vermont’s License of a Lifetime Lottery by adding the $2 entry fee when you buy your license on the Fish & Wildlife Department website (, or by applying at locations statewide wherever Vermont hunting and fishing licenses are sold, or with a printable application also available on the department website. There is no limit on the number of times you may apply during a year.

Robertson improved his chances of winning the lifetime license by purchasing 10 lottery tickets when he bought his license.

The 4,474 Lifetime License Lottery tickets sold in 2014 was more than double the number purchased the previous year.

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