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March 15, 2007
Entered the New Hampshire Moose Lottery?
CONCORD, N.H. -- If you want to hunt moose in New Hampshire this fall, enter the lottery and try your luck on the adventure of a lifetime. Applications for the lottery cost just $10 (nonrefundable) and are available online (click for online sales), or from any Fish and Game license agent. The deadline for entering the 2007 lottery is May 25. New Hampshire's moose hunt runs from October 20 to 28, 2007.
"New Hampshire offers a variety of quality moose hunting opportunities," said Kristine Rines, Moose Project Leader for New Hampshire Fish and Game. "Whether you're looking for a trophy bull, a wilderness hunting adventure or simply filling your freezer with meat, you can expect the moose hunt to fill your expectations, right here in New Hampshire. Most permits are for the taking of either a male or female, giving hunters greater opportunities to fill their tags and, except in the Southeast region, the state still has large undeveloped areas in which to hunt."
In 2006, more than 16,300 applicants entered the lottery for the chance to win one of 675 permits issued for the moose season. Permit holders can choose another hunter of any age to accompany them on the hunt, but only one moose may be taken per permit. Each applicant can enter the moose hunt lottery once each year. A bonus point system improves the chances for unsuccessful applicants who apply each consecutive year. Don't miss a year, or you'll lose your points! Hunters who get permits are not eligible to enter the lottery for the following three years.
Success rates are highest in the northernmost Wildlife Management Units, running as high as 92% in 2006. Last year, the statewide success rate was 67%, with 449 of 673 permits filled. The largest bull weighed 890 pounds dressed, while the largest cow weighed 760 pounds dressed. The average weight for an adult bull (bulls 5.5 years of age and older) was 731 pounds. The average spread of adult bulls was 48 inches. Greatest spread taken last year was 60 inches.
Enter the moose hunt lottery online by visiting the Fish and Game website at www.HuntNH.com (click for online sales); you can also print out a mail-in application. Lottery applications for 2007 must be postmarked or submitted online by midnight Eastern Time, May 25, 2007, or delivered to N.H. Fish and Game headquarters in Concord prior to 4 p.m. that day. Winners will be selected through a computerized random drawing on June 22, 2007.
Both state residents and nonresidents can enter the moose lottery. The number of permits available to nonresidents is capped, based on the prior year's sales of nonresident hunting licenses (recently about 15 to 17 percent of the total). The odds of being selected are about 1 in 20 for residents and 1 in 55 for nonresidents - some of the best odds in the nation for moose hunting. It is not necessary to have a current hunting license to enter the lottery.
All proceeds from the sale of moose hunt lottery applications and permits are used to support New Hampshire's comprehensive moose management program, which includes education, research, protection and management. The state's current moose population is estimated at about 7,000 animals.
The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department is the guardian of the state's fish, wildlife and marine resources.
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