2019 Moose Lottery Update
The department recommended to the Fish and Wildlife Board that no permits be issued for the 2019 moose hunting seasons. The department’s commitment to fair and equitable access to hunting warrants that priority be given to addressing changes in current Vermont statutes and Board regulations that constrain opportunities across all hunters in Vermont’s moose hunting permit allocation structure. It is anticipated that once the statutory issues are addressed by the Vermont Legislature, the department will recommend a set of changes to the moose rule for 2020 hunting seasons.
For more information see the 2019 Moose Management Recommendation presented to the Fish and Wildlife Board
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.
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.
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.