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Nancy Berliner, WHFNH Coordinator - 603)545-4873 or coordinator@nhwildlifefoundation.org
July 8, 2010

2010 N.H. Moose Hunt Permit Auction Underway;
Proceeds Benefit Wildlife Heritage Foundation of New Hampshire

CONCORD, N.H. -- Prospective moose hunters have a shot at the adventure of a lifetime through the New Hampshire moose hunt permit auction, which is currently accepting bids. The Wildlife Heritage Foundation of New Hampshire is auctioning five moose hunting permits for the 2010 moose hunt as part of a program to support the conservation of wildlife and natural places throughout the state. The permits will allow the holder to harvest one moose of either sex in a wildlife management unit of the holder's choice. All auction proceeds benefit the Wildlife Heritage Foundation of New Hampshire.

To download an official bidder's packet, visit www.wildnh.com/foundation or write to the Wildlife Heritage Foundation of NH, PO Box 3993, Concord, NH 03301, or email coordinator@nhwildlifefoundation.org.  Deadline for receipt of bids is August 4, 2010. Bids will be opened on August 6.

Successful bidders will need to show proof of a previous hunting license or a certificate of completion of an approved hunter education training program. Individuals who received a permit in this year's (2010) New Hampshire moose hunt lottery are not eligible to participate in the auction.

One of last year's N.H. auction permit winners was Joe Hill of Brandon, Mississippi, the hunter who took the largest moose of the season. His bull weighed 940 pounds dressed out (approximate live weight 1,372 pounds) and was taken in WMU B.  "This will be a hunt that I will never forget," said Hill. "I really appreciated the opportunity to hunt in your great state, and all the people I met were extremely helpful and friendly."

The moose hunting season in New Hampshire takes place October 16-24, 2010.  Find out more about hunting moose in the Granite State at www.huntnh.com/Hunting/Hunt_species/hunt_moose.htm.

The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department will provide the five 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 will be used by the Wildlife Heritage Foundation in accordance with RSA 206:33-c to fund N.H. Fish and Game conservation programs that might not otherwise be possible. The moose permits were authorized by House Bill 41, passed by the N.H. Legislature in 2009.

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, the Department's landowner relations program, Discover WILD New Hampshire Day and the National Hunting and Fishing Day Expo.

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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