Moose Hunting in NH

It's my day! Moose hunt lottery winner Tricia Currier and her dad, Brett, are all smiles after hearing Tricia's name called.
Tricia Currier

Jessica and 2007 moose
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2013 N.H. Moose Hunt Highlights:

  • Largest bull: 920 lbs., (21 points, 55 inch spread, taken in WMU C2 by Greg Mendenhall of Florida
  • Largest cow: 690 lbs., taken by Scott Crathern of Hopkinton in C2.
  • Greatest antler spread: 62 inches, taken in C1 by Louis Gray of Washington State.
  • Oldest successful hunter: John Morse Sr., 81 years young, took a bull in A2 weighing 650 lbs.
  • Youngest hunter: Tyler Carson, age 10, took a 5-year old bull with a 42.5 inch antler spread in WMU C1.

New Hampshire's moose hunt is nine days, starting the third Saturday in October. The 2014 hunt will take place from October 18-26, 2014. By permit only. Permits are distributed by lottery.

2014 NH Moose Lottery Application

 

Enter the 2014 NH Moose Lottery!

Click here to enter the lottery online.

Click here for a print-and-mail application.

Entries must be submitted by May 30, 2014.

The Wildlife Heritage Foundation of New Hampshire also auctions off a number of moose hunting permits to the highest bidders each year in early August. Proceeds benefit NH Fish and Game Department programs.

Status of NH moose population and 2014 moose hunt

The status of New Hampshire's moose population has been getting a great deal of attention lately, as public awareness grows about the impact of winter tick and other challenges facing moose populations across the country. While New Hampshire's moose are facing some serious threats, they are not on the verge of disappearing. Some areas of the state have seen declines in moose numbers, however, in spite of moose permits being reduced from a total of 675 in 2007 to 275 during the 2012 and 2013 seasons. A three-year study began in 2014 to learn more about why these declines are occurring.

How many permits will be issued in 2014? Because of the continued decline in moose numbers in some areas, the number of permits to be offered in the N.H. moose hunt lottery in 2014 and 2015 is likely to be reduced from 275 to 124. The decrease is designed to offset increased natural mortality and decreased reproduction and should allow the population to grow. Public comment on these and other proposed wildlife rules will be solicited at public hearings on March 31, April 2 and April 3. Click here for the proposed wildlife rules and hearing schedule.

Improve your chances: While permit numbers will likely be reduced in 2014, your chance of being drawn and offered a permit in the lottery will be improved if you rank all wildlife management units on your application. You will have the option to decline a permit if drawn for a unit you prefer not to hunt.

What are the odds of winning a NH moose hunt permit?
The odds change from year to year, depending on how many permits are issued; how many people apply; how many points you have accrued; and whether you are from NH or out-of-state. Click here to see the most recent available statistics on the moose hunt lottery applications, permits drawn, and odds.
Do I have to apply each year to keep my bonus points?
Yes. Applicants lose all accrued points if they do not apply to the lottery for one year, or if they are offered and accept a moose permit. Click for more on the bonus point system.
How long has there been a NH moose hunt?
Thanks to the recovery of moose populations, N.H. has had an annual moose hunt since 1988. That year, 75 permits were issued for a three-day hunt in the North Country. The availability of moose hunting permits, with some issued for every area of the state during the nine-day season, is made possible by careful management of moose populations. The resulting annual harvest of moose helps to regulate moose numbers, , provides valuable information on the physical condition of moose, and provides a unique recreational opportunity considered by many the adventure of a lifetime.

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  • NOTE: You must have landowner permission before using an ATV on privately owned land. All hunters should be prepared to get their moose out of the woods on foot.

Respect landowner rights:
Hunters are advised to seek landowner permission before hunting on any properties, including timber company lands. ATV use is prohibited in the state of the New Hampshire without written land owner permission. Please respect landowner’s rights and never tamper with closed or locked gates or block roads.

Moose Hunt Basics

Each permit holder (permittee) may select one person of any age (subpermittee) to join him or her on the moose hunt.

Both either-sex and antlerless-only permits may be issued in some units.

The limit is one moose per permit, which may be shot by either hunter. Those drawing an antlerless-only permit may take one antlerless moose. All other permit holders may take either an antlered or antlerless moose.

Archery, muzzleloader, and regular firearms hunting are allowed, according to the hunting license type the hunter possesses.

Hunting is permitted by unit assignment, made as a result of the preferences listed on the application form and the order in which the applicant ranks in the drawing. Hunters may hunt only in the unit assigned to them.

The percentage of permits issued to nonresidents is the same as the percentage of hunting licenses sold to nonresidents in the previous year (recently about 15 to 17 percent of the total.)

The odds of winning a New Hampshire moose hunt permit in the 2013 lottery were 1 in 35 for New Hampshire residents, and 1 in 121 for nonresidents, some of the best odds in the nation for moose hunting.

Moose hunters must carry their valid moose permit and N.H. hunting license with them at all times while hunting and registering their moose.

License and permit fees
Resident
Nonresident
Hunting
$ 22.00
$103.00
Archery
$ 22.00
$ 73.00
Moose Permit (regular hunting or archery license also required)
$150.00
$500.00

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NH Fish and Game Dept.
11 Hazen Drive
Concord, NH 03301

603-271-3421
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