Tuesday January 30, 2007
Moose Permit Applications Available In Vermont And New Hampshire
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It is time to enter the lottery if you want to hunt moose this fall in either Vermont or New Hampshire. Random drawings will determine the lucky hunters.
Vermont moose hunting permit applications are now available on the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department's website, www.vtfishandwildlife.com. Under Hunting and Trapping, click on Lottery Applications.
Wildlife biologists estimate Vermont's growing moose population at about 5,000 statewide.
Ninety percent of Vermont moose hunting permits are issued by lottery to residents and the remaining 10 percent to nonresidents.
Lottery applications are $10 for residents and $25 for nonresidents. Winners of the permit lottery will purchase resident permits for $100 and nonresident permits for $350.
Hunters also will have the option to bid on five moose hunting permits in an auction to be announced later.
The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department issued 1,115 moose hunting permits for the 2006 hunting season, and hunters took 647 moose with a statewide average success rate of 58 percent.
The proposed 2007 moose season dates, permit numbers and wildlife management units open to hunting will be available in late February.
Lottery applications are also available for hunting moose in New Hampshire. The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department's moose hunt lottery is open and costs $10 to enter.
New Hampshire's moose hunt is nine days long, starting the third Saturday in October. This year, it runs from October 20-28. The odds of being selected in the lottery are about 1 in 20 for new Hampshire residents and 1 in 55 for nonresident.
Visit the Fish and Game website at www.HuntNH.com to enter the moose hunt lottery online or print out an application to mail in. Applications can also be picked up from Fish and Game license agents statewide.
Last year, more than 16,300 applicants entered the lottery for the chance to win one of 675 permits. More than two-thirds of New Hampshire permit holders got their moose last year.
Each applicant can enter the moose hunt lottery once each year. A bonus point system improves the chances for unsuccessful applicants who apply each consecutive year. Hunters who get permits are not eligible to enter the lottery for the following three years. It is not necessary to have a current hunting license to enter the lottery, but hunters who are offered and accept a permit must buy a $100 resident or $300 nonresident moose hunt permit, as well as a New Hampshire hunting license.
The number of permits available to nonresidents is capped, based on the prior year's sales of nonresident hunting licenses, about 15 to 17 percent of the total.
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