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October 23, 2006

Moose Hunt Opening Weekend Brings 29% Success

CONCORD, N.H. - Moose hunters were out in force for the opening weekend of the 19th annual New Hampshire moose season, in spite of wind, rain and even snow in the North Country, achieving a 29% success rate on the first two days of the hunt. On Saturday and Sunday (October 21 and 22), a total of 197 moose were taken by moose hunters statewide - 123 bulls and 74 cows (female moose). By this same point in the season last year, a total of 133 moose had been taken (severe weather slowed hunters down during the 2005 opening weekend).

Moose Project Leader Kristine Rines and other New Hampshire Fish and Game biologists reported being busier than usual at the Kilkenny Station in Berlin, N.H. (one of seven check stations around the state) where hunters checked in a total of 75 moose over the weekend. One successful moose hunter was a woman who is eight months pregnant (what a story to tell junior!). A father/son team of hunters from Georgia, experienced elk hunters, came to New Hampshire optimistically equipped with a freezer and generator on their truck for getting their moose meat home. They succeeded during opening weekend, but were dismayed to discover that not even a quarter of the moose they had taken would fit into the freezer they had brought.

New Hampshire's nine-day moose hunt continues through Sunday, October 29, 2006.

More than 16,300 people entered the 2006 lottery held last spring, for a chance to be offered one of the 675 permits issued to hunt moose this year in the Granite State.

For more about moose hunting in New Hampshire, click here.

Click here for related press release on the 2006 moose hunt.

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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