CONCORD, N.H. — Hunters bid big bucks for a chance to bag a moose in the New Hampshire Wildlife Heritage Foundation’s annual fundraiser.

The foundation says it reaped $40,900 from the winning bids on five moose permits the foundation auctioned this year.

Winning bids ranged from $7,250 to $8,750. The permits are good for this year’s moose hunting season, which runs from Oct. 20-28. Those five permits entitle the hunters to take either a cow or a bull moose and to hunt in the Wildlife Management Unit of their choice.

Twelve hunters from four states bid on the permits — which come with no guarantees the hunters will actually get that moose they covet.

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