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October 19, 2009         

Moose Hunt Opening Weekend Brings 26% Success

CONCORD, N.H. – More than a quarter of New Hampshire’s moose hunters were successful during the first two days of the season, achieving a 26% success rate on the opening weekend of the hunt.  On Saturday and Sunday (October 17 and 18), a total of 134 moose were taken by moose hunters statewide – 80 bulls and 54 cows.

“Moose hunting can be affected greatly by the weather, which was varied around the state this weekend,” said Kristine Rines, the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department’s moose biologist. “In Berlin, it was sunny and warm for Saturday’s opening day.  Moose are less active on warm, sunny days, with the result being that hunters were less successful in locating moose.  Things picked up on  Sunday when seasonably cool weather afforded more opportunity to the state’s moose hunters.”

One successful opening weekend hunter was Richard Noyes of Hancock, who bagged a bull moose that topped 1,300 pounds (live weight), with an antler spread of 53.75 inches, in WMU C-2 in Errol on Sunday.  It was late in the afternoon, about 4:30 p.m., and Noyes and his hunting party were changing a tire on a back country road, cursing their luck.  Shortly after they got the tire changed, Noyes’ prize bull and three other moose appeared in an adjoining clearing.  Had it not been for the delay caused by the tire change, Noyes would have missed the prize of his life!

New Hampshire’s nine-day moose hunt continues through Sunday, October 25, 2009. 

This year, more than 14,500 people entered the 2009 moose hunt lottery, held last spring, for a chance to win one of the 515 permits drawn for the New Hampshire moose hunt. 

For more about moose hunting in New Hampshire, including a list of check stations, 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. Visit www.HuntNH.com.

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