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Vermont moose hunt auction nets over $23,000 for wildlife education

Vermont's seventh annual auction of five moose hunting permits closed on Aug. 21, with $23,704 taken in from the five winning bids.
The auction helps fund Fish & Wildlife Department educational programs, such as the Green Mountain Conservation Camps for youths.
Winning bidders can choose to hunt in any one of Vermont's Wildlife Management Units open for moose hunting.
Auction winners:
Marian Jusko, Conn., $5,150
Donald Davis, NH, $4,901
James Stinson, NH, $4,650
Colin Haas, Vt., $4,502
Jeffrey Daignault, Mass., $4,501
Bids do not include the cost of a hunting license ($22 for residents and $100 for nonresidents) and a moose hunting permit fee ($100 for residents and $350 for nonresidents).
The Fish and Wildlife Department held a lottery on Aug. 1, when 405 moose hunting permit winners were drawn from the more than 12,000 people who applied.
Hunters are expected to take close to 200 moose during Vermont's moose hunting seasons. Archery moose season is October 1-7. Regular moose season is October 19-24. Wildlife biologists estimate Vermont has 2,500-3,000 moose statewide.
"Our management goal is to keep Vermont's moose herd in balance with available habitat," said Cedric Alexander, Vermont's moose project leader. "Carefully constructed hunting regulations enable us to enjoy having moose in Vermont on a sustainable basis, while their numbers are maintained at levels that fit habitat capacity and the needs of people."