CONCORD, N.H. — The Wildlife Heritage Foundation of New Hampshire announces the launch of the 2014 NH Moose Permit Auction. Official bid guidelines and documents can be downloaded from the Foundation’s website at http://www.nhwildlifeheritage.org or by calling 603-496-2778. 2014 marks the sixth annual auction run by the Wildlife Heritage Foundation of New Hampshire.
As the non-profit partner of NH Fish and Game, the Wildlife Heritage Foundation of New Hampshire has voluntarily reduced the number of permits requested from Fish and Game for its Moose Permit Auction to two. “NH Fish and Game significantly reduced the number of public lottery permits this year due to the impact of ticks on the moose population,” said Foundation Chairman Steve White. “We believe that we must also reduce our permits this year to do our part to help protect the NH moose population in future years.”
This year, the Foundation is authorized to auction two permits to the two highest bidders. Permit holders will be required to possess a valid 2014 resident or non-resident New Hampshire hunting license. The two winning bidders will receive free 2014 NH hunting licenses, as well as 2014 NH moose hunting licenses. The next three highest bidders will receive free NH 2014 hunting licenses. In case of a tying bid, the earliest postmarked signed bid will prevail.
SPECIAL FOR 2014: Courtesy of LHR Sporting Arms in Rochester, NH, the highest winning bidder will receive a 50% off coupon towards the LHR’s new RCF Centerfire Rifle. This newly designed rifle has the option of 7 interchangeable barrel configurations on one receiver, and changes easily without tools in under a minute! The RCF Centerfire Rifle will not be on the market until the fall of 2014, so the highest bidder will be one of the first to have it! Check out more details of this special rifle at http://www.lhrsportingarms.com.
Proceeds from the auction help support critical fish and wildlife conservation initiatives, along with education programs of the N.H. Fish and Game Department, including Canine Search and Rescue, Barry Conservation Camp, Owl Brook Hunter Education Center, the Great Bay Discovery Center, Operation Game Thief trailer, orphan bear cub rehabilitation, Karner Blue Butterfly Restoration Program, aerial stocking of remote ponds, Operation Land Share, Endangered wildlife camera monitoring, Dive Team boat, and NH Hunting and Fishing Expo. In 2013, the Foundation also supported the North American Moose Conference, which was held in N.H.
“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 19 bids from nine states, with the highest bid at $10,000. Winners came from New Hampshire, Massachusetts, New York, Wisconsin and Washington.
Successful bidders in the 2014 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. Individuals who receive a permit in the 2014 New Hampshire open 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.
Additional information on moose hunting in New Hampshire, including rules, permits, licenses and a gallery of photos from successful N.H. hunts, can be found at http://www.huntnh.com/hunting/hunt_species/hunt_moose.htm.
Since its establishment in 2006, the Wildlife Heritage 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, and provides access to PayPal through its website for donor convenience. To learn more about the Foundation and how you can help, visit http://www.nhwildlifeheritage.org or call (603) 496-2778.