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June 19, 2009
Lucky Day for 2009 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 that was held today.
The names of the 2009 winners and alternates are posted on Fish and Game's website at www.huntnh.com/Hunting/Moose_hunt/2009_Moose_Winners.html.
Winners were randomly selected by computer from a pool of more than 14,500 applicants. They will be offered permits to hunt moose during the October 17 - 25, 2009, season. Each winner is allowed to enlist a guide and one friend or relative to help on the hunt as a "subpermittee."
More than 140 people showed up at Fish and Game headquarters in Concord today to watch the drawing, swap hunting stories, and hopefully hear their names on the list of winners. Grant McCubrey of Nashua, N.H., age 21/2, got things going by pushing the button to start the computerized selection of winners.
Winners hailed from throughout New Hampshire, as well as Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, Maine, Pennsylvania, New York, Wisconsin and California.
Nine happy winners were present to hear their names announced at the drawing, and it was a big year for first-time winners in the audience. It will be the first moose hunt for Chantal Adams of Andover, N.H. Her husband Chet, also present, will be her subpermittee. How does she feel about the prospect of moose hunting this year? "Excited!" she said.
Jeremy Lamothe of Weare, N.H., age 33, claimed a permit in WMU E-3, his first win after 15 years of entering the lottery. First-time winner Mike Sailer of Warner, N.H., was there with his good friend Dan Hodgdon, also of Warner, who will be his subpermittee on the hunt; they readily agreed that the hunt will be the highlight of their year. 2009 will also be the first moose hunt ever for winners Kevin Reno of Allenstown and Jean Breault of Hooksett, who sat together in the audience. "I can't wait!" Breault grinned. Ken Kreis Sr. of Canterbury and his wife have both entered the lottery every year since it began; this was finally Ken's lucky year. Charles Miner of Epsom also has been entering the lottery since it began over 20 years ago; he finally won this year and will take his brother along on the hunt.
Outdoor writer Bob Washburn of Concord was thrilled to win a permit. The experience should provide some good grist for his "Hunter's Corner" column this fall. Washburn described his antlerless-only permit in Wildlife Management Unit E-3 as the perfect pull. "I don't need another trophy," he said.
Paul Dupont Jr. of Chichester won a permit in WMU J-2, an area near his hometown. He'll take his son Paul Dupont III along as his subpermittee. This will be the second moose hunt for
this father-son pair, who drew a permit four years ago and succeeded in taking a moose. "We'll get our moose this year, too; we're already seeing them around," they said.
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. Three hundred and ninety seven either sex and 119 antlerless permits were distributed across these units last year.
In 2008, New Hampshire hunters took 333 moose, for a statewide success rate of 65%. Regional success rates for moose hunters last year ranged from 83% in the North Region to 38% 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.huntnh.com/Hunting/Moose_hunt/2009_Moose_Winners.html; at Fish and Game headquarters in Concord; and at the Department's regional offices in Durham, Keene, Lancaster and New Hampton.
A limited edition 2009 N.H. Moose Hunt shirt (short sleeve T-shirt, long-sleeve T-shirt, or sweatshirt styles available) may be ordered [SORRY - DEADLINE IS PAST]. You don't have to be a lottery winner or alternate to purchase a shirt!
For more information on hunting moose 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 and their habitats.