VT to Issue 20% Less Moose Permits

Published 02/27 2014 03:23PM

Updated 02/27 2014 03:26PM

MONTPELIER, Vt. - The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department is proposing a cut of moose permits by 20 percent this year.

A press release says the Department plans on issuing 285 regular season permits, a decrease from 355 permits issued in 2013. 

“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 slow population growth in some regions while continuing to stabilize moose numbers elsewhere.”

Wildlife officials say they expect hunters to harvest 150 moose during the regular season hunt under the proposal. 

The proposed regulation must be voted on at a board meeting in April.

Moose hunting permit lottery applications, $10 for residents and $25 for nonresidents, will be available on Vermont Fish & Wildlife’s website in mid-April.  Printed applications will be at license agents in early June.  

The Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife say they will hold two lotteries will be held one for archery season and one for regular season. Winners of either lottery must purchase resident hunting permits for $100 or nonresident hunting permits for $350.  

You can review the proposed 2014 moose hunt and comment on it by going to the Fish & Wildlife website and clicking on Law Enforcement and then Rules and Proposed Rules.  

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