A Massachusetts hunter has won the 2020 Vermont Lifetime Hunting and Fishing License Lottery out of 19,419 tickets purchased.
In January, 57-year-old Robert Hubbard bagged the win according to the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department.
The department received $38,772.50 following this year’s ticket sales of $2 per ticket. The website states the federal government can use the money to produce more than $155,000 to support the department’s efforts to conserve fish, wildlife, plants, and habitats.
The state’s department holds the drawing every year.
“The Lifetime License Lottery gives anyone, resident or nonresident, an opportunity to win a Vermont hunting and fishing license that is valid for the recipient’s lifetime,” Vermont Fish and Wildlife Commissioner Louis Porter said in a news release.
“Even if you don’t win the license, by applying, you know you have contributed to fish and wildlife conservation in Vermont.”
Anyone can enter Vermont’s lottery for a lifetime license by adding the $2 fee when purchasing their hunting license.
Participants could also enter the drawing with a printable application available on the website. Additionally, hunters could also enter wherever the department sells the state’s hunting, fishing, and trapping licenses. There is also no limit on the number of times someone may enter the drawing throughout the year.
“These funds help us to manage the state’s sportfish and game animals, protect threatened and endangered species, and conserve important habitat for wildlife,” Porter said.
Mr. Hubbard will hunt and fish in Vermont for free for the rest of his life.
Vermont Lottery Winner Announced Ahead Of Final Hunting Results
In Vermont, final deer harvest statistics will not be available for a few more weeks. However, the state’s department says the final result will be around 18,000 deer, the second-highest total since 2000.
Those deer will provide approximately 3.6 million servings of local, nutritious venison. The department expects archers to bag close to 5,800 deer, which will be a record for the season.
Hunters weren’t as successful during the firearm season, but final numbers will be close to or above average.
“Fewer bucks were harvested than in the previous four years. But the final number will be near or above the 10-year average of 8,857,” said the department’s deer project leader, Nick Fortin.
“Hunting conditions were challenging this year. Weather conditions, food availability, and possibly other factors limited deer movement in November and December and made it difficult for hunters to locate deer. The new one buck annual limit likely also contributed to the lower buck harvest.”