Nov. 4, 2014 – Montana Ducks Unlimited is hosting the 2015 Shiras Moose License Auction. DU recently won the right to auction off the license for Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (MFWP). The live auction will take place at the Helena DU banquet Friday, March 6. Phone bidding will be available.
“With members and supporters across the nation, DU is positioned to have a very competitive auction,” said Steve Christian, an organizer of the event and member of the Montana DU state council. “We are getting the word out to our membership and others to make sure we get lots of participation and have a fun event.”
The license is good for anywhere in the state where moose can legally be hunted for the entire 2015 season, as described in the 2015 Montana hunting regulations. Watch for information on how to register at www.ducks.org/montana.
Past moose licenses sold at auction for $15,000 to $24,000, with proceeds going to MFWP conservation programs. MFWP has offered the statewide moose license auction to non-profit conservation organizations since 1997.
DU has been conserving grasslands and wetlands in Montana since 1984, with much of that habitat also benefiting the Shiras moose. There is no better example of prime moose habitat than the pristine wetland and river complexes in Montana from the Rocky Mountains to the prairies. These areas are used by many wildlife species, including moose as they move from their summer ranges to their wintering habitat.
“Healthy populations of ducks and moose go hand-in-hand with wetlands conservation,” Christian said. “There are no better advocates for wetlands than DU members.”
DU has members in every county and four full-time conservation staff members in Montana who are widely recognized for their knowledge of wetland habitat conservation. Since 1984, DU has spent more than $23 million on habitat conservation in Montana, conserving almost 73,500 acres.
Ducks Unlimited Inc. is the world’s largest non-profit organization dedicated to conserving North America’s continually disappearing waterfowl habitats. Established in 1937, Ducks Unlimited has conserved more than 13 million acres thanks to contributions from more than a million supporters across the continent. Guided by science and dedicated to program efficiency, DU works toward the vision of wetlands sufficient to fill the skies with waterfowl today, tomorrow and forever. For more information on our work, visit www.ducks.org. Connect with us on our Facebook page at facebook.com/DucksUnlimited, follow our tweets at twitter.com/DucksUnlimited and watch DU videos at youtube.com/DucksUnlimitedInc.
(Press release via Ducks Unlimited; Feature photo by John Burns via 24hourcampfire.com)