CONCORD, NH — The Wildlife Heritage Foundation of New Hampshire announces the launch of the 2018 NH Moose Permit Auction, its primary fundraiser to support the programs of the NH Fish and Game Department. Official bid guidelines and documents can be downloaded from the Foundation’s website at www.nhwildlifeheritage.org or by calling (603) 496-2778. Sealed bids are due by August 10, 2018.
This year marks the tenth annual auction run by the Wildlife Heritage Foundation of New Hampshire. The Foundation is authorized to auction only one permit this year, in line with statewide moose population goals. The highest bidder in the auction will receive a 2018 New Hampshire moose hunt permit, as well as a 2018 New Hampshire general hunting license. Last year, the auction garnered bids from three states, with a winning bid from Massachusetts of $20,999.99.
Foundation Chair Deborah Coffin states, “The Foundation relies on the moose permit auction to provide funding to support programs at NH Fish and Game. Programs such as wildlife conservation and education are essential for the education of our youngsters, who are the future stewards of the natural environment in our great state.”
The successful bidder in the 2018 auction will be able to harvest one moose of either sex in most Wildlife Management Units. The exceptions are Units H2N, H2S and K where permit issuance has been suspended. Individuals who receive a permit in the 2018 New Hampshire open moose hunt lottery will not be eligible to participate in the auction. Additional information on moose hunting in New Hampshire, including rules, permits, and licenses can be found at www.huntnh.com/hunting/moose.html.
Proceeds from the auction help support critical fish and wildlife conservation initiatives, along with education programs of the Department, such as freshwater angler surveys, fish hatchery improvements, deer decoy replacements, lynx camera studies, boardwalk replacement at Great Bay Discovery Center, and landowner access programs.
Since its establishment in 2006, the Wildlife Foundation of New Hampshire has awarded over 100 grants to NH Fish and Game projects, as well as sponsoring multiple years of Discover Wild NH Day.