CONCORD, NH – The Wildlife Heritage Foundation of New Hampshire announces the launch of the 2015 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 found here on the Foundation’s website or by calling 603-496-2778. Sealed bids are due by August 6, 2015.
2015 marks the seventh annual auction run by the Wildlife Heritage Foundation of New Hampshire. For the second year in a row, the Foundation is authorized to auction only two permits, due to the impact of ticks on the moose population and Fish and Game’s reduction in the number of moose hunt permits.
The two highest bidders in the auction will receive 2015 NH hunting licenses, as well as 2015 NH moose hunting licenses. In case of a tying bid, the earliest postmarked signed bid will prevail. Successful bidders in the 2015 auction will be able to harvest one moose of either sex in a Wildlife Management Unit of their choice.
Proceeds from the auction help support critical fish and wildlife conservation initiatives and education programs of the N.H. Fish and Game Department, such as Barry Conservation Camp, Owl Brook Hunter Education Center, Law Enforcement’s Canine Unit and Dive Team, the Great Bay Discovery Center, Operation Game Thief, Karner blue butterfly restoration, aerial stocking of remote ponds, Operation Land Share, Wildlife Recreation Access Program, and Wildlife Management Area signs and kiosks.
Foundation Chairman Steve White states, “Every year, the auction provides the Foundation with a way to support Fish and Game programs. For the youth of New Hampshire, who are the future stewards of our natural environment, it is critical we find ways to sustain wildlife conservation, education and outreach programs.”
Last year, the auction garnered seven bids from five states, with the highest bid at $12,000. Winners came from New Hampshire, Massachusetts, New York, Wisconsin and Washington. “Receiving bids from five states continues to speak to how hunters view the quality of the hunting experience here in New Hampshire,” said White.
A portion of a winning bid may be tax deductible as a charitable donation; potential bidders should check with their tax advisors to determine eligibility. Individuals who received a permit in the 2015 New Hampshire moose hunt lottery are subject to the rules of the lottery, and are not eligible to participate in the auction.
Additional information on moose hunting in New Hampshire, including rules, licenses and a gallery of photos from successful N.H. hunts, can be found here.
Since its establishment in 2006, the Wildlife Foundation of New Hampshire has supported many Fish and Game projects through grants, donations and sponsorships. The Foundation accepts tax-deductible donations throughout the year from individuals as well as institutions. To learn more about the Foundation and how you can help preserve New Hampshire’s outdoor gifts, visit http://www.nhwildlifeheritage.