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Nancy Berliner, Wildlife Heritage Foundation of New Hampshire
coordinator@nhwildlifefoundation.org
(603) 545-4873
www.WildNH.com/foundation
April 16, 2010

New Hampshire Announces 2010 Moose Permit Auction

CONCORD, N.H. -- The Wildlife Heritage Foundation of New Hampshire officially opens its second annual Moose Permit Auction today. As the official non-profit partner of the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department, the Foundation is authorized to auction up to five permits to the five highest bidders.  Proceeds from the auction help support critical fish and wildlife conservation and education programs and facilities of the N.H. Fish and Game Department.

"Proceeds from the auction allow the Foundation to both sustain and create important Fish and Game conservation, educational and outreach programs that help preserve our hunting, fishing and wildlife-viewing traditions for the enjoyment of future generations," said Dr. Donald A. Normandeau, Chairman of the Foundation.

Deadline for receipt of auction bids is August 4, 2010. Bids will be opened on August 6, 2010. To download an official bidder's packet, go to www.WildNH.com/foundation. Packets also may be requested by emailing the Foundation at coordinator@nhwildlifefoundation.org or by calling (603) 545-4873.

The 2010 moose hunting season in New Hampshire runs from October 16 - 24. The largest moose taken in 2009 (940 lbs dressed weight) was registered in Berlin, N.H., by one of the auction bid winners.  The 2009 Auction garnered 66 bids from nine states.  Bid winners came from New Hampshire, Maryland and Mississippi. 

Successful bidders in the 2010 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 2010 NH hunting license to accompany their moose permit.  Individuals who receive a permit in the 2010 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.

Additional information on moose hunting in New Hampshire, including rules, permits, licenses and a gallery of photos from successful New Hampshire  hunts, can be found at www.huntnh.com/Hunting/Hunt_species/hunt_moose.htm.

As a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, the Wildlife Heritage Foundation of New Hampshire raises money and works with wildlife professionals and conservation educators to fund the conservation of wildlife and natural places important to New Hampshire's family traditions such as hiking, hunting, fishing and watching wildlife. Since its establishment in 2006, the Foundation has supported many Fish and Game projects through grants and sponsorships, including the 2009 National Hunting and Fishing Day Expo & N.H. Tour, Discover WILD New Hampshire Day, and production of WILD TIMES for Kids, a fish and wildlife publication that reaches 30,000 schoolchildren in classrooms across New Hampshire.  To learn more about the Foundation and how you can help, visit www.wildnh.com/foundation.

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