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October 27, 2008                        


2008 New Hampshire Moose Hunt a Success

CONCORD, N.H. -- New Hampshire's 2008 moose season was a success, with preliminary figures showing that hunters took 333 moose.  With 516 permits issued, this represents a statewide success rate of 65%.  About 54% of the harvest was bulls, according to Kristine Rines, Moose Project Leader for the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department.  The nine-day moose hunt ended on Sunday, October 26.  In 2007, by comparison, hunters took 482 moose (with 675 permits issued) for a statewide success rate of 71%. 

This year, the success rate in four of the six regions was higher than last year.  The Connecticut Lakes region saw a success rate of 81%, the North region had 83% success; the White Mountains region had a 47% success rate; the Central region, 68% success; the Southwest region saw 45% success; and in the Southeast region, 38% of hunters got their moose. 

"The reduction in the success rate in the White Mountain region is primarily due to the introduction of antlerless-only permits in this region for the first time," said Kristine Rines, Moose Project Leader for the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department.  "This is a difficult region to hunt because of limited access and clearcuts.  Adding restrictions on what moose hunters can take makes it even more challenging, so we expected a reduction."  In 2007, the success rate for the White Mountain region was 62%. In 2008, it was 47%.

The other region that saw a lower success rate than last year was the Connecticut Lakes region, with 81% of hunters getting a moose.  While down a bit, the season's results were not unusual for that area, according to Rines.  In 2007, the Connecticut Lakes region saw an 88% success rate, but in 2006, it was 80%.

Final figures for the 2008 moose season will be distributed when available.

A ten-year comparison of regional success rates for the N.H. moose hunt is available at www.wildlife.state.nh.us/Hunting/Moose_hunt/moose_hunt_take.htm.

Find out more about moose hunting in New Hampshire, including a link to a gallery of photos from this year's and past hunts, at www.wildlife.state.nh.us/Hunting/Hunt_species/hunt_moose.htm.

This year, more than 15,000 people entered the 2008 moose hunt lottery, held last spring, for a chance to win one of the 515 permits drawn for the New Hampshire moose hunt.  If you want to try your luck next year, look for applications for the 2009 moose hunt in late January on the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department website at www.HuntNH.com.

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