CONCORD, NH –The deadline is approaching for getting bids in for the 2016 New Hampshire Moose Permit Auction. Official bid guidelines and documents can be downloaded from the Wildlife Heritage Foundation of New Hampshire’s website at www.nhwildlifeheritage.org or by calling (603) 496-2778. Sealed bids are due by August 5, 2016.
New Hampshire’s moose hunt is nine days, starting the third Saturday in October. The 2016 hunt will take place from October 15-23, 2016, by permit only.
As part of a sound management strategy, the moose hunt 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 moose. For those lucky winners who take part in the hunt, it is often the adventure of a lifetime.
The auction is the Foundation’s primary fundraiser to support education, conservation, wildlife, fisheries and law enforcement programs of the NH Fish and Game Department. This is the eighth year for the auction, which has raised $249,172 to date, from which the Foundation has awarded grants to NH Fish and Game in support of its mission to conserve New Hampshire’s wild places and wild things so that the children of today and the next generation can respect, appreciate and enjoy the New Hampshire outdoors.