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March 18, 2009
New Hampshire Moose Lottery Is On!
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 $15 for residents and $25 for non-residents (nonrefundable) and are available online at www.huntnh.com or from any Fish and Game license agent. The deadline for entering the 2009 lottery is May 29, 2009. New Hampshire's moose hunt runs from October 17 to 25, 2009.
"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." The state's current moose population is estimated at about 6,000 animals.
More than 15,100 applicants entered the lottery for the chance to win a permit for the 2008 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 95% in 2008. Last year, the statewide success rate was 65%. The largest bull weighed 840 pounds dressed, while the largest cow weighed 715 pounds dressed. The average weight for an adult bull (bulls 5.5 years of age and older) was 702 pounds. The average spread of adult bulls was 45.7 inches. Greatest spread taken last year was 61 inches.
Enter the lottery by visiting Fish and Game at www.huntnh.com (you can apply online or print out a mail-in application). Lottery applications for 2009 must be postmarked or submitted online by midnight Eastern Time, May 29, 2009, or delivered to N.H. Fish and Game headquarters in Concord before 4 p.m. that day. Applicants are encouraged to apply online since there is less chance of submitting an incomplete application.
Both N.H. 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 overall odds of being selected last year were 1 in 22 for residents and 1 in 67 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.
Hunters who are offered and accept a permit must buy a $150 resident or $500 non-resident moose hunt permit, as well as a New Hampshire hunting license. If tough economic times have you pondering whether or not to apply, consider the following, says Rines: "New Hampshire has one of the lowest application and permit costs in the nation for both residents and non-residents. If you harvest an adult moose, you can expect an average of about 350 pounds of edible meat. Calculating the cost per pound based upon the permit fee, you are looking at an extremely inexpensive organic, low-cholesterol table food. If you cannot afford the permit fee at this time, I encourage you to continue to apply each year. There is an option you can select on the application for those that do not wish to participate in the lottery but still want to accrue this year's bonus point. By doing this annually, you will continue to build up points and you won't lose bonus points you may currently have. Then, when the day comes that you are able to moose hunt, you can enter the lottery with multiple bonus points and multiple chances of winning."
For more information on moose hunting in New Hampshire, visit www.huntnh.com/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. Visit www.huntnh.com.
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