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Seventh-grader Rebecca Goodwin of Alton (right, with her mom) pressed the button to start the lottery
henry fitts
Henry Fitts hears his name
michael normandin
Michael "the Frog" Normandin can't wait for October
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Rich Tichko reacts to his name being drawn
shirley johnson
Shirley Johnson's lucky day
wayne gauthier
Wayne Gauthier is getting ready for his 2nd moose hunt
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One happy hunter, Shane Kapsimalis

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June 20, 2008


Lucky Day for 2008 Moose Hunt Permit Winners

CONCORD, N.H. -- The adventure of a lifetime is in store for 515 people who have been offered permits to hunt moose in New Hampshire this October.  They are the lucky winners in the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department's annual moose permit lottery drawing, held today. The names of the 2008 winners are posted on Fish and Game's website at www.wildlife.state.nh.us/Hunting/Moose_hunt/2008_Moose_Winners.htm.

The winners, randomly selected by computer from a pool of more than 15,000 applicants, will be offered permits to hunt moose during the October 18 to 26, 2008, season.  Each winner is allowed to enlist a guide and one friend or relative to help on the hunt as a "subpermittee."

More than 130 people showed up at Fish and Game headquarters in Concord to watch the drawing and swap hunting stories.  Seventh grader Rebecca Goodwin of Alton, N.H., got things going by pushing the button to start the computer selection of winners. 

Moose lottery winners hailed from many states, including Florida, Texas, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Vermont and Rhode Island, as well as from throughout New Hampshire.

Six winners were present at the drawing, and cheers went up as their names were selected.  "I've been waiting 21 years for this," smiled Henry C. Fitts, of Weare, who will hunt in Wildlife Management Unit (WMU) B.  Winner Shirley Johnson, age 63, of Salisbury has hunted caribou, bear, birds and deer, but until now never moose. "I'm excited, though I'll probably give up my September caribou hunt to do this," she said. 

"This is fantastic," said Wayne Gauthier of Salem. He has applied every year he could since the lottery started, and won once before.  He quickly pulled a photo out of his wallet of himself with the large antler rack from the 820-pound bull he took on his previous moose hunt 15 years ago. 

"I'm very excited," said Shane Kapsimalis, age 21, of Barrington, who won a permit for WMU L.  He and his twin brother grew up scouting and hunting with their dad.  Kapsimalis seemed undaunted that his permit was for southeastern New Hampshire, where moose hunt success rates are not as high.  "That's where we live - we know how to find the moose!" he smiled.

Other winners present were Michael "the Frog" Normandin of Belmont, and Rich Tichko of Canterbury, recently retired after serving 35 years with Fish and Game as a fisheries biologist.

Thanks to the recovery of moose populations, New Hampshire has had an annual moose hunt since 1988.  That year, 75 permits were issued for a three-day hunt in the North Country. The availability of 515 hunting permits this year, with some issued for every area of the state during the nine-day season, has been made possible by careful management of moose populations.  The resulting sustainable annual harvest of moose helps to regulate moose numbers and provides a unique recreational opportunity.

Each permit winner is assigned to one of 22 wildlife management units (WMUs) in which he or she can legally hunt.  A total of 120 antlerless-only moose permits were issued for WMUs A1, A2, B, C1, C2, D1, D2, E1, E3 and F, with the remaining 395 permits valid for taking any moose in specific WMUs across the state. 

In 2007, New Hampshire hunters took 482 moose, for a statewide success rate of 71%.  Regional success rates for moose hunters last year ranged from 88% in the Connecticut Lakes Region to 30% in southeastern New Hampshire.

Hunters whose names were selected in today's drawing will be notified by mail.  Lists of successful applicants and alternates are available at www.wildlife.state.nh.us/Hunting/Moose_hunt/2008_Moose_Winners.htm; at Fish and Game headquarters in Concord; and at the Department's regional offices in Durham, Keene, Lancaster and New Hampton.

New Hampshire Fish and Game is offering an original-design 2008 N.H. Moose Hunt T-shirt for purchase, which can be pre-ordered at wildnh.com/Shop/Moose_hunt_08_Tshirt_order_form.pdf.  "We think the commemorative shirts will be a hit with friends and families of the winners, as well as those who entered the lottery and didn't luck out this year," said Fish and Game Advertising and Promotions Coordinator Mark Beauchesne. "The shirt is a great way to show you've been a part of this exciting event."

For more information on hunting moose in New Hampshire, visit www.wildlife.state.nh.us/Hunting/Hunt_species/hunt_moose.htm.

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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