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December 30, 2004

2004 Moose Hunt Tally

CONCORD, N.H. -- Wildlife biologists from the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department report that a total of 388 moose were taken in the 2004 moose hunt. The statewide success rate of 74% was similar to last year's success rate of 75%. Regional success rates were about the same as in past years, with the notable exception of the Southeast region, which had its highest success rate since 1994 (the 2004 success rate was 45% in the Southeast, up from 20% in 2003).

"It was another successful moose season. The weather helped -- it was excellent for hunting, with most days in the 30s and 40s, little sun and even some snow," said Kristine Bontaites, Fish and Game's moose project leader. Bontaites reports that 287 of the moose taken were bulls, and 101 were cows. Official results of the 2004 season will appear in the 2004 Wildlife Harvest Summary, which will be published in March 2005. A brief summary of results follows:

2004 New Hampshire moose harvest and hunter success by region:

REGION
HARVEST
PERMITS
ISSUED
SUCCESS
RATE
BULLS
COWS
TOTAL
NORTH
146
52
198
217
91%
W. MTN.
63
20
83
115
72%
CENTRAL
63
21
84
140
60%
SOUTHWEST
11
3
14
30
47%
SOUTHEAST
4
5
9
20
45%
STATEWIDE
287
101
388
522
74%

Hunters traveled from 21 states and one Canadian province to participate in the 2004 moose hunt. Residents took 313 moose, while nonresidents took the remaining 75. Of the successful hunters, 20 were women. A total of 291 permittees and 97 sub-permittees were the primary shooters. (Hunters who win in the lottery and buy a permit are allowed to select one "sub-permittee" -- a person designated to accompany them on the hunt.)

The heaviest moose of 2004, weighing 910 pounds dressed, was taken in the town of Dixville by Daniel Cushing of Epsom. The largest cow (750 pounds dressed weight) was taken in Sanbornton by Gary Cartier of Belmont. The bull with the greatest antler spread (66.25 inches) was taken in Bethlehem by William Thorson of Croydon. See some of the action for yourself by visiting a gallery of photos from the 2004 moose hunt posted on the Fish and Game website (click here).

The moose hunt in New Hampshire is a nine-day season in October. Moose permits are awarded through a lottery system. Fish and Game issued 522 moose hunting permits this year, and more than 15,500 people applied for those permits.

Applications for the 2005 moose hunt lottery will be available in January through this website and at license agents throughout the state.

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