Interested hunters have until August 1, 2005 to enter their bids. Applicants must submit a permit bid form, which must be received at the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department no later than 4:30 pm Eastern Standard Time. Facsimiles will not be accepted; bids must be submitted by US mail, courier or in person. There is no bid fee.
If you win, you must pay the bid amount and permit fee ($100 for residents/$350 for nonresidents) and hunting license fee ($16 for residents/$90 for nonresidents) before August 16, 2005. If you want to hunt with a sub-permittee (who may carry a weapon and actually shoot the moose), and/or a guide, those must also be designated before August 16, 2005. (We'll have more to say on guides in a moment.)
You may apply in both the general drawing (the deadline is July 1) and in the auction, but you can receive only one permit. If a successful bidder receives a permit in the public chance drawing, the person is no longer eligible in the auction, and the bidding fee and bid amount submitted by that person will be refunded. All funds from the sale of these permits will be used for conservation education programs in Vermont.
Jones says that Vermont has lots of moose, and it's a place where a do-it-yourself hunt is perfectly possible. There are plenty of motels, restaurants and such that traditionally serve deer hunters. Unlike Maine, however, Vermont has no long-term tradition of guides and sporting camps, and the state doesn't register........(continued)