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Nancy Berliner, 603-545-4873 or coordinator@nhwildlifefouncation.org
August 9, 2010

N.H. Moose Hunt Permit Auction Reports Higher Proceeds in 2010

CONCORD, N.H. -- The Wildlife Heritage Foundation of New Hampshire announces a very successful auction this year, with 24 bids coming from eleven states, including Michigan, Wisconsin, Florida, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New York, Connecticut, Maine and New Hampshire. A total of $39,430 was raised, with the five winning bids ranging from $7,025 to $8,600. Three out of the five winning bidders were from New Hampshire.

The highest number of bidders came from New Hampshire, with New York, New Jersey and Florida next in line. "We were able to reach a much wider audience this year by using a broad national network of media outlets," stated Nancy Berliner, development consultant for the Foundation. Bidders were also able to download bid documents from the Foundation's website for the first time this year.

"Compared to 2009, where the total of winning bids came to $32,500, this is a real boost to the Foundation's ability to fund Fish and Game programs," said Berliner.

The Wildlife Heritage Foundation of New Hampshire is the official non-profit partner of the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department. The Foundation raises money and works with wildlife professionals and conservation education partners to fund the Department's conservation of wildlife and natural places important to New Hampshire's family traditions, such as hiking, hunting, fishing and watching wildlife. In recent years, the Foundation has supported publication of Wild Times for Kids, improvements at the Owl Brook Hunter Education Center, Fish and Game's landowner relations program, Discover WILD New Hampshire Day and the National Hunting and Fishing Day N.H. Expo.

The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department provides five moose hunting permits to the Wildlife Heritage Foundation of New Hampshire under the authority granted by RSA 206:33-e. All funds generated from auction of the permits are used by the Wildlife Heritage Foundation of N.H. in accordance with RSA 206:33-c to fund N.H. Fish and Game conservation programs that might not otherwise be possible. The moose hunt permit auction was authorized by House Bill 41, passed by the N.H. Legislature in 2009.

The N.H. moose hunt season is October 16-24, 2010.  Winners of the moose hunt permit auction are allowed to hunt in the Wildlife Management Unit of their choice, and may take either a cow or a bull. Winning bidders must secure a N.H. hunting license on their own.

Funding for the Foundation's grant program comes from individual and corporate donors, and from the annual auctioning of fish and game permits and licenses. In most cases, contributions to the Foundation are tax deductible. The Foundation accepts general and targeted cash donations, as well as annuities and endowments. To learn more about the Foundation and how you can help conserve New Hampshire's wildlife and wild places, visit www.wildnh.com/foundation.

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