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October 18, 2004 (Corrected version)

Moose Hunt Opening Weekend Brings 31% Success

CONCORD, N.H. -- With opening weekend of the 17th annual New Hampshire moose hunt complete, 31% of moose hunters have hit their mark.

On Saturday and Sunday, 169 moose were taken by moose hunters statewide -- 137 bulls and 32 cows (female moose).

In the North region, 92 moose (46% success) were taken on October 16 and 17. In the White Mountains, the success rate was 32% as of this morning (37 moose); and in the Central region, 22% (31 moose). Hunters in the southwest and southeast regions have taken 4 and 5 moose, respectively, for success rates of 13% and 25%. These southern regions have very low moose density.

The biggest moose taken so far was a 910-pound bull (dressed weight), by hunter Dan Cushing of Epsom in Wildlife Management Unit A2.

Ben Schofield of Peterborough stalked a bull moose at close range, taking the animal with a bow and arrow in Wildlife Management Unit B. Another Unit B bull fell to a delighted Denise Ash of Groveton, who is 6 months pregnant.

New Hampshire's moose hunt continues through Sunday, October 24.

The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department is the guardian of the state's fish, wildlife and marine resources and their habitats. Click here for more on the New Hampshire moose hunt.

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