MONTPELIER, Vt. William Pinney, 65, of Warren, Vermont, is the lucky winner of the 2017 Vermont Lifetime Hunting and Fishing License Lottery. With his lifetime license, Pinney will be entitled to hunt and fish for free for life. He was drawn as the winner from among 10,650 lottery tickets purchased in 2017.
“This was my second year of deer hunting,” said Pinney. “I love hunting in Vermont. I didn’t get a deer yet, but I had a great time.”
The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department holds the drawing annually and presents a lifetime hunting and fishing license to the winner.
“The Lifetime License Lottery gives anyone, resident or nonresident, an opportunity to win a Vermont hunting and fishing license that is valid for the recipient’s lifetime,” said Fish & Wildlife Commissioner Louis Porter. “Even if you don’t win the license, by applying, you know you have contributed to fish and wildlife conservation in Vermont.”
This year’s sales of the $2.00 tickets brought $21,300 to the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department. These state dollars can be leveraged with federal funds to produce $85,300 to support the department’s mission to conserve fish, wildlife, plants and their habitats for the people of Vermont.
“These funds help us to manage the state’s sportfish and game animals, protect threatened and endangered species, and conserve important habitat for wildlife,” said Porter.
Hunters and anglers can enter Vermont’s License of a Lifetime Lottery by adding the $2.00 entry fee when they buy their license on the Fish & Wildlife Department website at vtfishandwildlife.com. They can also enter by applying at locations statewide wherever Vermont hunting and fishing licenses are sold, or with a printable application also available on the department website. There is no limit on the number of times someone may enter during the year.