080813 Moose Hunting Permit Auction Provides funds for Wildlife Programs (427)

CONCORD — The Wildlife Heritage Foundation of New Hampshire announces the launch of the 2013 NH Moose Permit Auction. Official bid guidelines and documents can be downloaded from the Foundation's web site at http://www.nhwildlifefoundation.org or by calling 603-496-2778.
2013 marks the fifth annual auction run by the Wildlife Heritage Foundation of New Hampshire. As the official nonprofit partner of the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department, the Foundation is authorized to auction up to five permits to the five highest bidders. New for 2013,  the highest winning bidder will also win a 50% off coupon towards a state of the art Redemption muzzleloading rifle of the winner's choice, courtesy of LHR Sporting Arms, Rochester. The next 4 highest bidders will receive a free NH 2013 fishing, hunting, bear or turkey license.
Proceeds from the auction help support critical fish and wildlife conservation initiatives and education programs of the N.H. Fish and Game Department, including Canine Search and Rescue, Barry Conservation Camp, Owl Brook Hunter Education Center, Great Bay Discovery Center, Operation Game Thief, Orphan Bear Cub Rehabilitation Center, Karner Blue Butterfly Restoration Program, Study of River Herring Passage at Wadleigh Dam, Aerial Trout Stocking of Remote Ponds, Operation Land Share, Low Plains Stewardship Endowment, 2013 North American Moose Conference, Wild Times for Kids, and the National Hunting and Fishing Day New Hampshire Expo.
"Every year, the auction provides the Foundation with a way to support Fish and Game programs and initiatives that are important to the people of this state. It is critical that we find ways to sustain wildlife conservation, education and outreach programs, particularly for the youth of New Hampshire who are the future stewards of our natural environment," said Steve White, Foundation Chairman.
Last year, the auction garnered 12 bids from eleven states, with the highest bid at $8,750. Two of the winners came from New Hampshire, two from Massachusetts, and one from Pennsylvania.
Successful bidders in the 2013 auction will need to show proof of a previous hunting license or a certificate of completion of an approved hunter education training program. Winning auction permit holders will be able to harvest one moose of either sex in a wildlife management unit of their choice, and will be responsible for purchasing their own 2013 New Hampshire hunting license to accompany their moose permit. Individuals who receive a permit in the 2013 New Hampshire moose hunt lottery are subject to the rules of the lottery, and will not be eligible to participate in the auction. 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.