April 06, 2015
Vermont moose hunting permit applications are now available on the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department's website (www.vtfishandwildlife.com).
Printed applications will be available from Vermont license agents in early May.
The 225 regular moose season permits to be issued this year represent a 21 percent decrease from the 285 permits issued last year. Hunters are expected to harvest close to 110 moose during the regular season hunt which starts October 17 and ends October 22.
An additional 40 permits are designated for the October 1-7 archery moose season when hunters are expected to take about 12 moose.
"We recommended a reduction in permits this year based on the biological data we have collected on Vermont's moose and our calculated population estimates indicating moose densities are below management goals in some areas," said biologist Cedric Alexander, Vermont's moose project leader. "It's the intent of this proposal to allow population growth in most regions while continuing to stabilize moose numbers elsewhere."
Lottery applications are $10 for residents and $25 for nonresidents. The deadline to apply is June 10. Winners of the permit lottery will purchase resident hunting permits for $100 and nonresident hunting permits for $350. Hunters also will have the option to bid on five moose hunting permits in an auction to be announced later.
Alexander estimates Vermont has 2,400 moose statewide with the greatest concentration in the Northeast Kingdom.
Media Contacts: Cedric Alexander, 802-751-0105; Mark Scott, 802-777-4217; Scott Darling, 802-786-3862
Source: Department of Fish and Wildlife
Last Updated at: April 06, 2015 14:15:42