Kristine Bontaites: (603) 744-5470
Jane Vachon: (603) 271-3211
Issued October 26, 2005
Updated November 18, 2005

2005 Moose Hunt a Success

CONCORD, N.H. -- Despite some wild weather, New Hampshire's 2005 moose season was a success, with preliminary figures showing that hunters took a total of 408 moose -- 272 bulls and 136 cows -- for a statewide success rate of 77.6 percent. The nine-day moose hunt ended on Sunday, October 23, and hunters had until 5 p.m. on Monday to register their moose at a N.H. Fish and Game Department check station.

Weather put moose hunters to the test this year, according to Fish and Game Moose Project Leader Kristine Bontaites. "Hunters were hampered opening weekend by torrential rains, strong winds, flooding and closed roads. Rain continued throughout the week, with just two days of sun to break the gloom," Bontaites said. "Once the wind died down, however, moose began to move around and success rates improved."

These early tallies indicate that the moose hunt total is ahead of 2004, when hunters took a total of 388 moose for a 74.3% statewide success rate. This year, the success rate in the North region was down slightly from past years, while that of the White Mountain and Central regions was up slightly. The North region had a 90.6% success rate; the White Mountains region yielded 75.0% success; the central region showed 71.0% success; the southwest region had 53.3% success; and the southeast region had 26.3% success.

For a comparison of annual statewide and regional New Hampshire moose hunt success rates since 1998, click here.

More than 15,800 people entered the annual moose hunt lottery last spring for a chance to win a permit offering for this fall's hunt. The moose hunt is an important management tool. Along with other moose management and research activities, it is funded by proceeds from the moose hunt lottery. Applications for the 2006 hunt will be available in late January on this website.

For more information on moose hunting in New Hampshire, click here.

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