On April 25, after receiving biological recommendations from the Fish & Wildlife Department’s Big Game Team, gathering public input, and reviewing the relevant regulations and statutes, the Fish and Wildlife Board authorized 13 bulls-onlyMoose permits for 2018 in WMUs E1 and E2 only. These permits will be divided among special priority-veterans, special opportunity recipients and the auction. The small number of permits will not have any impact on the size of Vermont’s moose herd.
There will be no public lottery for moose hunting permits in 2018. Under the existing regulations and laws, if a small number of public lottery permits were to be offered, all prior applicants would have to either enter and pay for an application or forfeit all accumulated bonus points. With no public lottery permits offered, all bonus points for the archery moose and regular October moose season applicants from previous years will be frozen until the public lottery resumes.
Current regulations and laws also require that if any moose permits are issued, five must be offered to veterans and five must be offered at auction. Given the small number of permits recommended by Department biologists, and the possibility that future permit allocations may be just as low, the Department and the Fish and Wildlife Board will review those regulations and laws over the coming year.
Read the Department’s Final Proposal and relevant statutes and regulations
Who is eligible to apply for 2018 Moose Permit?
Any qualified Vermont veteran is eligible to apply for a special priority drawing of five permits. To be considered qualified, a Vermont veteran must be certified through the Veteran’s Affairs office. The deadline to apply has passed.
Three permits will be set aside for special opportunity applicants, at least one of whom is under 21, with life-threatening terminal illnesses who are represented by charitable organizations. Deadline to apply is September 6.
Five additional permits will be available for auction. Deadline for the auction is August 14
What will happen to my regular October and archery moose hunting application season bonus points?
Because the public lottery has been suspended this year, all bonus points for the regular October and archery moose seasons will be frozen as they were at the end of 2017. You will not need to send in an application or fee to protect your points. Bonus points are not refundable and will apply to future moose lotteries.
Who is eligible to apply for one of the three allocated health-related special opportunity permits?
To be eligible for one of the health-related special opportunity permits, applicants must have a life-threatening terminal illnesses and be represented by a qualifying 501 c(3) charitable organization. At least one winner must be under 21 and Vermont residency is not required. The deadline to apply is September 6.
Health-related special opportunity permit recipients may hunt in only the October 20-25 season.
- Application forms for the health-related special opportunity permit can be received by calling 802-828-1190.
How do I apply for the one of the five allocated 2018 Moose Permits being auctioned?
Applications for the 2018 Moose Permits up for auction are open to both Vermont residents and nonresidents. To receive an application for the auction call 802-828-1190.
The minimum bid is $1500 and auction bid packets must be received in the Montpelier office no later than 4:30 p.m., August 14. Bids will be opened and winners notified on August 15.
Bids do not include the cost of a hunting license (residents $26, nonresidents $100) or moose hunting permit fee ($100 for residents and $350 for nonresidents).
All funds raised by the auction are used to support environmental education programs at the Green Mountain Conservation Camps.
Auction permit recipients may hunt in either the October 1-7 archery season or the October 20-25 season.
For help with the auction application, call 802-828-1190 or email Cheri.Waters@vermont.gov.
What steps are being taken to protect the moose herd?
Biologists within the Department are undertaking a three-year study of collared moose cows and calves in the Northeast Kingdom in collaboration with biologists from Maine and New Hampshire. This regionwide study also involves scientists from the Universities of Vermont, Maine, and New Hampshire.
read more about the moose study
Maintaining a healthy and stable moose population is the main goal of our department. Setting the number of moose hunt permits to 13 bulls-only in WMUS E1 and E2 will not have a negative effect on the overall moose population. We will continue to study and monitor moose in the state to better ensure that the population density gives moose the best opportunity to continue in Vermont.