October 23, 2019

Maine Moose Permit Auction Raises Over $122,000 for Scholarships

Press Release from the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife:

AUGUSTA, Maine – Over $122,000 was raised for youth conservation education scholarships in Maine through the 2015 Maine Moose Permit Auction. Ten hunters bid a total of over $122,000 in an auction for the opportunity to hunt moose in Maine during the 2015 season.

Proceeds from the auction fund partial scholarships that will help send over 600 Maine youngsters to the University of Maine 4-H Camp & Learning Center at Bryant Pond and to Greenland Point Center in Princeton. These camps provide boys and girls ages 8 through 17 the opportunity to participate in a variety of outdoor and classroom activities. Students are taught by experienced instructors and counselors, as well as staff from the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife and other state and private conservation agencies.

“While the auction winners have the opportunity to partake in the hunt of a lifetime, their winning bids also ensure Maine children have the chance to learn outdoor skills that will give them a lifetime of appreciation of the Maine outdoors,” said Chandler Woodcock, Commissioner, Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.

The auction was created by the Legislature and begin in 1995. It allows the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife to publicly auction ten moose permits each year. Applicants submit bids through a written bid process. Permits are awarded to the ten winning bidders each February. The average bid ranges between $11,000-$13,000. Funds from the auction are specifically directed to youth conservation education programs.

Conservation camp programs are designed to teach Maine boys and girls the importance of conservation, a respect for the environment and a working knowledge of a variety of outdoor skills. Subjects taught at camp include wildlife identification, fishing, boating safety, archery, firearms handling, hunter safety, forest conservation, map and compass work and much more.

For more information on Greenland Point Center and the 4-H Camp and Learning Center at Bryant Pond, please visit their websites at www.greenlandpoint.com and www.umaine.edu/bryantpond/

For more information on the Maine Moose Permit Auction or moose hunting in Maine, please visit our website at www.mefishwildlife.com

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RMEF Pennsylvania Elk Tag Auction to Benefit Conservation

MISSOULA, Mont.—The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation will auction off a Pennsylvania Special Elk Conservation Tag to benefit conservation in the state of Pennsylvania.

“RMEF has a long history in Pennsylvania and we appreciate this opportunity to raise funds to benefit Pennsylvania elk and Pennsylvania elk country,” said Dave Ragantesi, RMEF senior regional director. “We want to thank our conservation partners at the Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC) who will receive 100 percent of the proceeds from the auction to put back on the ground.”

RMEF auctioned off the same tag in 2010 and again in 2013, returning a total of $60,000 to the PGC.

The bull tag will be sold in advance of the Sept. 1—Nov. 8 elk season. It can be used in any Pennsylvania elk hunt zone with any legal weapon as per Pennsylvania hunting regulations. Hunters must purchase an elk hunting license (resident $25 or nonresident $250) and a general hunting license (resident $20.70 or nonresident $101.70.)

The Pennsylvania Special Elk Conservation Tag auction will take place via the Internet. It begins on July 31 and continues until 3:00 p.m. on August 5 MDT. For more information, contact Kristy Bosworth at kbosworth@rmef.org or call (406) 523-0242.

Additional details are available here: http://www.rmef.org/Events/PennsylvaniaElkTagAuction.aspx.

“RMEF and the PGC have a long and productive partnership in stewarding elk habitat in the Keystone State as well as enhancing conservation education,” added Ragantesi.

Since 1991, RMEF and its partners completed 301 conservation and hunting outreach projects in Pennsylvania with a combined value of more than $22.6 million that opened or secured public access to 8,465 acres. Approximately 11,000 Pennsylvanians are RMEF members.

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Ted Nugent Auctioning Autographed Guiter to Support Maine Hunting Heritage

“Rock star Ted Nugent is auctioning an autographed guitar on eBay in support of Maine’s hunting heritage and traditions. All proceeds from the sale will go to the Sportman’s Alliance of Maine “to help support its never-ending battle to preserve the long standing heritage and tradition of firearms ownership and hunting in the State of Maine, according to the product description on eBay.”<<<Read More>>>

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