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Liza Poinier: (603) 271-3211
Kristine Bontaites: (603) 744-5470
October 27, 2003

Preliminary Moose Hunt Numbers Released

CONCORD, N.H. -- The numbers are not official yet, but a preliminary count shows that 74.5% of moose hunters in New Hampshire this year were successful, with 360 moose taken. That would be the highest success rate since the 1997 moose hunt (75%). Biologists report that 243 of the registered moose were bulls, and 117 were cow moose. Success was highest in the north region, with 92%. In the White Mountains, the success rate was almost 70%; 71% in the central region of the state; the southwest corner of N.H. saw a 69% success rate, and the southeast came in at 20%.

Final tallies from the 2003 moose hunt will be released during the week of November 3.

The heaviest moose recorded this season, with a dressed weight of 890 pounds, was taken by Joseph McCannon Jr., of Pittsburg, N.H.

Wildlife biologist Kristine Bontaites, Fish and Game's moose project leader, says that this year, as in 2002, "we had perfect hunting conditions almost all week -- not too hot and not too cold." The hunt ended last night. Some hunters may still be facing the hard reality of getting a gigantic moose out of the woods, which is one of the reasons why the final count and other moose-hunt data are not immediately available.

New Hampshire has had a moose hunting season since 1988. Almost 15,000 people applied for 485 New Hampshire moose hunting permits for the 2003 hunt. Applications for the 2004 moose hunt lottery will be available in early spring at the N.H. Fish and Game website and at license agents throughout the state.

Moose hunters are invited to e-mail photos of their successful hunts to lpoinier@wildlife.state.nh.us for inclusion in the moose-hunt photo gallery on Fish and Game's website.

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