Bidding has begun for ’09 moose permit auction

Posted Feb. 20, 2009, at 7:27 p.m.

Bids are being accepted for the 2009 Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Moose Permit Auction.

Each year, the DIF&W auctions 10 moose hunting permits and awards them to the highest bidders. Proceeds from the auction go to the Youth Conservation Education Fund, which awards partial scholarships to send Maine boys and girls, ages 10-14, to one week of conservation camp at the Bryant Pond 4-H Camp and Learning Center on Lake Christopher or Greenland Point Center on Long Lake in Princeton.

More than 400 boys and girls were able to attend conservation camp in 2008 because of these scholarships.

“Ever since the auction began, hunters have been very generous in their bids because, I believe, they know this program helps send Maine kids to conservation camp. We are appreciative of their participation in this program,” said Deputy Commissioner Paul F. Jacques. “While successful bidders get a permit, the real winners are the children.”

The Moose Permit Auction was created by the Legislature in 1995 specifically to fund youth conservation education efforts. Ten of this year’s 3,015 allotted moose permits will be auctioned. Last year, close to $100,000 was raised from the auction, and the 10 winners had a 90 percent success rate.

The 10 highest bidders are able to choose their 2009 season hunt dates: Sept. 28–Oct. 3; Oct. 12-17; Nov. 2-28; or Oct. 31 (Maine residents only). Successful bidders also may choose the corresponding zone in which they’d like to hunt.

Bids must be submitted to the DIF&W no later than 5 p.m. on March 31. A nonrefundable bid fee of $25 must accompany each bid. A bid packet is available by calling 207-287-5207.

Submitted bids will be opened April 3, and successful bidders will be contacted. If selected, bidders have 30 days to send in the bid payment and select a moose-hunting district, hunting week for the permit and permit type. A subpermittee, if desired, must also be selected at this time. The bid amount covers the resident or non-resident moose permit fee, but does not include the resident or nonresident hunting license fee.

Ski races set in Madawaska

The Acadia FCU Marathon Cross Country Ski Race returns for its second year on March 15 in Madawaska.

The event is an opportunity for skiers of all abilities to experience some of the best skiing northern Maine has to offer.

There will be two classic race distances, 40 kilometer and 20K, as well as a 20K touring division.

All races begin at 10 a.m.

The format will provide opportunities for many family members to participate, and spectators will be able to enjoy the Four Seasons Lodge and trail system. Snowshoes are also available and there is a sledding hill for children.

Early registration for the event is $25 before March 1 and $30 after that date.

With a new trail built specifically for the marathon, participants may enjoy the rolling hills, peaceful woods and open meadows surrounding the town of Madawaska.

Race-day registration will be held and online registration is also available at www.fourseaonstrail.org.

Prizes will be awarded to top finishers along with raffle awards. A traditional Acadian lunch will be available after the races.

The event is hosted by the Four Seasons Trail Association.

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