Vermont Moose Hunting Application Deadline is June 3

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Waterbury, VT – The deadline to apply for Vermont moose hunting permits is Tuesday, June 3.

Applications must be postmarked no later than June 3, or delivered by 4:30 p.m. on that day to the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department, 103 South Main Street, Waterbury, VT 05671-0501.

Applications are available on the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department’s website at  Under Hunting and Trapping, click on Lottery Applications. Applications are also available at license agents statewide, or they can be obtained from Fish & Wildlife at 802-241-3700.

Lottery applications are $10 for residents and $25 for nonresidents. Winners of the permit lottery will purchase resident permits for $100 and nonresident permits for $350.

Bonus points are awarded for hunters who apply but don’t receive permits. If you applied in 2006 and 2007 and did not get a permit, you already have two bonus points. The bonus point system will assign you one additional point for each consecutive year you apply and do not receive a permit. Each point gives you an additional chance at a permit. To keep your bonus points, you must apply each year. Anyone who has held a Vermont moose hunting permit in the last three years may not apply for a moose hunting permit or a bonus point this year.

The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department will issue 1,260 moose hunting permits, including five during an auction to be announced later. Hunters are expected to take 650-700 moose during the hunting season to be held October 18-23 or October 25-November 2, depending on the permit.

We are managing Vermont’s moose population to keep it in balance with available habitat, said Cedric Alexander, Vermont’s lead biologist on moose. Carefully constructed hunting regulations enable us once again to enjoy having moose in Vermont on a sustainable basis, while their numbers are maintained at levels that fit habitat capacity and the needs of people.

Wildlife biologists estimate Vermont’s growing moose population at about 4,700 statewide.