Non-residents can bid, too!
The Wildlife Heritage Foundation of New Hampshire announces the launch of the 2015 NH Moose Permit Auction last week. The auction, which is open to non-resident hunters, too, supports the programs of NH Fish and Game.
The Foundation will auction two (2) 2015 New Hampshire moose hunting permits (either sex). The two (2) permits will be auctioned through a sealed bid process, and bids are due by Aug. 6, 2015.
Last year, the auction garnered seven bids from five states, with the highest bid at $12,000. Bidders came from New Hampshire, Massachusetts, New York, Wisconsin, and Washington.
Individuals who have received a permit through the 2015 New Hampshire Fish and Game Lottery are not eligible to participate.
Each permit and license is valid only for the October 17 – 25, 2015 moose hunting season and will allow the holder to harvest one moose of either sex in a wildlife management unit of the holder’s choice. Bidders must be 16 years or older, and may select a sub-permitee of any age. Moose permits will be issued in the name of the successful bidder and the bidders’ sub-permitee. The permits may not be sold, traded or transferred to another person. All other provisions of New Hampshire’s moose hunting laws and regulations apply to individuals hunting under an auctioned permit.
The two winning bidders will receive free 2015 NH hunting licenses as well as 2015 NH moose hunting licenses. The sub-permitee must apply for a license by going on-line at www.wildnh.com . In case of a tying bid, the earliest postmarked signed bid will prevail.
For more information on the auction, click here.
Because of the impact of ticks on the moose population in the past few years, NH Fish and Game has again significantly reduced the number of public lottery permits this year to 102. As the non-profit partner of NH Fish and Game, the Wildlife Heritage Foundation of New Hampshire has, like last year, voluntarily agreed again this year to accept only two permits to do their part to help protect the NH moose population in future years.
Moose hunting has been an annual event in New Hampshire since 1988. The moose population, which was only approximately 50 animals in 1950, had grown to over 4,100 by the time of the first moose hunt in 1988, when 75 permits were issued, primarily for the northern parts of the state. The success rate for that first year of the moose hunt was about 76 percent. Today, New Hampshire’s moose population is estimated to be approximately 4,000.
About the Wildlife Heritage Foundation
The Wildlife Heritage Foundation of New Hampshire was established in September of 2006 as a 501(c)(3) organization to financially support the critical conservation and outdoor recreation programs of NH Fish and Game Department. As an official non-profit partner of the Department, the Foundation works hand in hand with scientists and educators to conserve the wildlife and natural places that are important to many of our outdoor family traditions – hiking, hunting, canoeing, kayaking, fishing and watching wildlife. The Foundation focuses on programs that affect everyone in New Hampshire, from private citizens to corporations, who benefit from the quality of life that comes from conserving wild places and wild things.
Guide Outdoors Readers: The highest bid last year for a moose permit was $12K. What would you bid, if you had the extra funds, to moose hunt in New Hampshire? Please comment below.