Vermont’s annual auction of five moose hunting permits closed on Aug. 10, with $28,916 taken in from the five winning bids. More than 8,300 people applied for moose hunting permits via lottery Aug. 2; 160 winners were drawn. The auction helps fund Fish & Wildlife Department educational programs.
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). Winning bidders can choose to hunt in any one of Vermont’s Wildlife Management Units open for moose hunting. Hunters are expected to take close to 80 moose during Vermont’s moose hunting seasons. Archery moose season is Oct. 1-7. Regular moose season is Oct. 15-20. Wildlife biologists estimate Vermont has 2,200 moose.