HELENA, Mont., Feb. 25, 2015 – Anyone wanting to bid on a rare Shiras Moose license at the live auction during the Helena DU banquet will need to sign up as soon as possible, as registration ends on Saturday, Feb. 28. The live auction for the license will take place during the banquet, which starts at 5:30 on Friday, March 6 at the Helena Civic Center.
Registration for phone bidding for the moose license will be available until Wednesday, March. 4. The number of phone bidders will be limited. People wanting to participate over the phone must register at ducks.org/montana to reserve a spot.
DU won the right to auction off the license from Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (MFWP). The license is good for the entire 2015 season anywhere in the state where people can legally hunt moose, as described in the 2015 Montana hunting regulations. All proceeds will go to the MFWP conservation program. Past moose licenses sold at auction for $15,000 to $24,000.
DU has been conserving grasslands and wetlands in Montana since 1984, with much of that habitat also benefiting the Shiras moose. There exists 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 important wildlife species, including moose as they move from their summer ranges to their wintering habitat.
DU has members in every county and four full-time conservation staff 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.