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October 20, 2005

Moose Hunt Update: Half of Moose Hunters Successful So Far

CONCORD, N.H. -- As of October 19, 2005, a total of 295 moose had been taken in the 2005 New Hampshire moose hunt (211 bulls and 84 cows), meaning 56 percent of hunters holding moose permits had succeeded. The moose hunt is at the mid-way point; the nine-day season runs through Sunday, October 23, 2005. In comparison, last year at this point in the season, 323 moose had been taken, yielding a 62 percent statewide success rate.

Weather has been a factor in the lower numbers this year, says New Hampshire Fish and Game Department Moose Project Leader Kristine Bontaites, who has been working at the Berlin moose check station all week. "Either the wind has been blowing a gale or it's been pouring rain, so the moose are bedded down," Bontaites said. "These moose hunters are incredibly dedicated. This is what hunting is all about, though -- hunting in all different kinds of weather and taking Mother Nature's challenge that you'll be successful regardless of the conditions."

One highlight of the week was enthusiastic young hunter Amber Nash, age 11, of Northfield, who succeeded in taking a 560-pound yearling bull moose. Amber also succeeded in taking a wild turkey earlier this year. Next in her sights? A New Hampshire black bear hunt!

Regionally as of October 19, the North Country has seen a 62 percent success rate (139 moose taken); the White Mountains region is at 53 percent (62 moose); central New Hampshire has seen a 55 percent success rate (76 moose); the southwestern region is at 37 percent (11 moose); and 10 percent of the moose hunters in southeastern New Hampshire have hit their mark (a regional total of 2 moose). Moose density is greater in the northern regions of the state.

More than 15,800 people entered the 2005 lottery for a chance to be offered one of the 525 permits issued to hunt moose this year in the Granite State.

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

The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department is the guardian of the state's fish, wildlife and marine resources and their habitats.

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