AUGUSTA, Maine - Over $50,000 was raised for youth conservation education scholarships in Maine through the 2004 Maine Moose Permit Auction. Five hunters bid a total of $53,329.00 in an auction for the privilege to hunt moose in Maine during the 2004 season. The five winning bids were unveiled Friday.
All of the money derived from the auction goes to partial scholarships that will help send up to 250 Maine youngsters to the Maine Summer Conservation School at Bryant Pond. At these five-day camps, boys and girls ages 10 through 12 take part in an array of outdoor and classroom activities. Students work with experienced instructors and counselors, as well as staff from the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife and other state and private conservation agencies.
The auction was created by the Legislature and began in 1995. It allows the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife to publicly auction five moose permits. Funds are specifically directed for 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 the camp include wildlife identification, introduction to fishing, boating safety, archery, firearms handling, hunter safety, forest conservation, map and compass work and much more.
Maine Conservation School is currently accepting applications for this summer's camp sessions. Partial scholarships are available and distributed on a first come, first serve basis. Interested applicants can call Maine Conservation School at 665-2068 for information and an application.
These five hunters will join 2004 moose permit holders in the annual moose hunt during the 2004 moose hunting season: Weldon Doran of Stuart, Florida (2nd year); Robert Roach of Bellefonatine, Ohio (3rd year); Wayne Lyster III of Versailles, KY; Lewin Henderson of Bentley, MI; and Robert Duhadaway of Wilmington, DE.