Vermont’s moose hunting permit lottery application deadline is July 5, and the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department is urging hunters who plan on entering to do so online.
The application is quick and easy to fill out on the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department’s website (www.vtfishandwildlife.com). Under “Hunting and Trapping,” click on Lottery Applications.
“It’s a really quick process that ensures your entry is immediately entered into the lottery,” said Director of Wildlife Mark Scott, “plus, it saves postage. Printed moose applications are available at license agents, but we really encourage you to use the online application. It is more efficient for you and for us.”
Lottery permit applications are $10 for residents and $25 for nonresidents. Winners of the permit lottery must purchase a resident moose hunting permit for $100, or a nonresident moose hunting permit for $350.
Five moose hunting permits are also offered in an auction with a bidding deadline of August 20 and a minimum bid requirement of $1,500. Bids must be submitted on the department’s moose permit bid form available from Fish & Wildlife at 802-828-1190. Money received from the winning bids is used in the department’s conservation education programs.
A person may apply in the lottery and bid in the auction but can receive only one moose hunting permit. If a successful bidder receives a permit in the general lottery drawing, the person is no longer eligible in the auction.
The Fish & Wildlife Department is issuing 355 moose hunting permits by lottery for the regular Oct. 19-24 moose season and 50 permits for an archery moose season Oct. 1-7.
The 2012 Vermont 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.”