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Nancy Berliner, Wildlife Heritage Foundation of New Hampshire
(603) 545-4873; coordinator@nhwildlifefoundation.org
June 22, 2011

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N.H. Moose Hunt Auction Now Accepting Bids: Deadline Is August 3, 2011

CONCORD, N.H. -- If you didn't win a permit in the New Hampshire moose hunt lottery this year, you still have a chance to get in on the adventure of a lifetime.  The 2011 N.H. Moose Hunt Auction is currently underway at www.nhwildlifefoundation.org, where you can find information on how to participate and download official bid documents. A total of five moose hunt permits are available through the auction, which benefits the Wildlife Heritage Foundation of New Hampshire. Bids must be received by Wednesday, August 3, 2011.

2011 marks the third annual auction run by the Wildlife Heritage Foundation of New Hampshire. As the official nonprofit 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 of the N.H. Fish and Game Department, such as K-9 Search and Rescue; aerial trout stocking; improvements at Owl Brook Hunter Education Center; New Hampshire's celebration of National Hunting and Fishing Day; and Wild Times for Kids, a wildlife education publication for N.H. schoolchildren.
     
"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," said Steve White, Foundation Chairman. "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."    

The 2010 auction garnered 24 bids from eleven states, with the highest bid coming in at $8,600. The five winners included residents of New Hampshire and New Jersey. 
     
Successful bidders in the 2011 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 2011 New Hampshire hunting license to accompany their moose permit.  A portion of a winning bid may be tax deductible as a charitable donation; potential bidders should check with their tax advisors regarding this.

Individuals offered a permit in the 2011 New Hampshire moose hunt lottery are not eligible to participate in the auction.
     
Additional information on moose hunting in New Hampshire, including rules, licenses, harvest information by WMU and a gallery of photos from successful N.H. moose hunts, can be found at www.huntnh.com/Hunting/Hunt_species/hunt_moose.htm.

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 hunting, fishing and watching wildlife. Since its establishment in 2006, the Foundation 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 now provides access to PayPal through its website for donor convenience.  Learn more about the Foundation and how you can support its work at www.nhwildlifefoundation.org or call (603) 545-4873.

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