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Ducks Unlimited to auction rare hunting chance

Helena event awarding Montana’s only state-wide Shiras moose permit

HELENA, Mont. – Ducks Unlimited is auctioning off a rare Montana Shiras moose license. Each year, the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Commission (MFWP) allows one conservation group to auction off a permit that allows the winner to hunt in any moose hunting district in the state. If you want a chance to win this golden ticket, you can participate in the March 6, 2020, auction happening at the Helena Ducks Unlimited dinner.

DU holds the auction on behalf of Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (MFWP), and proceeds go toward moose research and habitat conservation in Montana. Participants may bid for the permit in-person during the dinner at the Helena Civic Center or over the phone. Ducks Unlimited receives up to 10 percent of the winning bid for expenses.

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 “Last year’s winning bid of $37,000 provided much needed funding for MFWP’s moose research projects,” said Jake Hansen, chair of the DU moose auction. “Ducks Unlimited is interested in MFWP’s moose program because waterfowl also benefit from the same habitat. Much of the habitat Ducks Unlimited conserves not only benefits waterfowl, but moose as well.”

From the Rocky Mountains to the prairies, Montana’s rich landscape provides perfect habitat for many species native to the area. Moose take up residence across the state as they move from their summer ranges to their wintering habitat.

Montana has six full-time Ducks Unlimited staff members who work toward wetland and wildlife conservation. The state also has 40 local DU chapters, which is a testament to their dedication to protect Montana’s landscape and traditions.

Ducks Unlimited Inc. is the worlds largest nonprofit organization dedicated to conserving North America’s continually disappearing waterfowl habitats. Established in 1937, Ducks Unlimited has conserved more than 15 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

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