Linda Verville, Wildlife Division: (603) 271-2461
Jane Vachon or Liza Poinier: (603) 271-3211 or (603) 271-5619
October 22, 2007
Moose Hunt Opening Weekend Brings 28.6% Success
CONCORD, N.H. -- More than a quarter of New Hampshire's moose hunters were successful during the first two days of the 20th annual New Hampshire moose season, achieving a 28.6% success rate on the opening weekend of the hunt. On Saturday and Sunday (October 20 and 21), a total of 193 moose were taken by moose hunters statewide - 141 bulls and 52 cows. By this same point in the season last year (2006), a total of 200 moose had been taken.
"I'm actually surprised that hunters have done this well so far, in light of the hot weather," said Kristine Rines, Moose Project Leader for the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department. Moose are equipped with thick coats of hair, which makes them well adapted for cold temperatures; when it's hot, they tend to seek shade and do not move around much, making it harder for hunters to find them, Rines explained.
The two largest moose taken so far were bulls that weighed in at 880 pounds each (dressed weight); one was shot in Wildlife Management Unit B, and the other was taken in Unit E1. One successful opening weekend hunter reported that he had never even shot a deer before, let alone a moose -- guess you could call that beginner's luck!
New Hampshire's nine-day moose hunt continues through Sunday, October 28, 2007.
This year, a record 16,779 people entered the 2007 moose hunt lottery, held last spring, for a chance to be offered one of the 675 permits issued to hunt moose in the Granite State.
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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