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Christopher Braley and Governor John Lynch
Christopher Braley of Danbury, with Governor John Lynch
Scott Mooney
Scott Mooney of Gilford
Raymond LaCasse of Gilmanton Iron Works
Raymond LaCasse of Gilmanton Iron Works (hi-res image includes his wife Sylvia)
Vincent Grecco
Vincent Grecco and his wife, of Northwood

Tricia Currier and her dad Brett
Tricia Currier and her dad Brett
Susan Watson
Susan Watson of Athol, Mass. (hi-res image includes her husband)
Richard LaValley
Richard LaValley of Webster
Josh Mackay and Tom Flynn
Josh Mackay of Bridgewater (hi-res image includes his friend Tom Flynn)
Steve Lula
Steve Lula of Hooksett
Governor John Lynch pushes the lottery button, with Linda Verville
Governor John Lynch starts the lottery, with Linda Verville of Fish and Game

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June 17, 2011

Lucky Day for 2011 NH Moose Hunt Permit Winners

CONCORD, N.H. -- The adventure of a lifetime is in store for 395 people who have been offered permits to hunt moose in New Hampshire this October. They are the lucky winners in the state's annual moose permit lottery drawing, held today with great fanfare at the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department. Governor John Lynch kicked off the festivities by pushing the button to start the computerized random selection of this year's winners.

The names of the 2011 winners and alternates are posted on Fish and Game’s website at www.huntnh.com/Hunting/Moose_hunt/2011_Moose_Winners.html.

Winners were selected by from a pool of nearly 14,000 applicants. They will be offered permits to hunt moose during the October 15 - 23, 2011, season. Each winner is allowed to enlist a guide and one friend or relative to help on the hunt as a “subpermittee.” In addition to New Hampshire residents, winners hailed from Pennsylvania, New York, Vermont, Massachusetts, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota and Michigan.

More than a hundred people showed up at Fish and Game headquarters in Concord today to watch the drawing, swap hunting stories and listen in hopes of hearing their name come up on the list of winners.  The crowd was not disappointed -- ten people in the room were selected for 2011 moose hunt permits.

The first person in the room to be drawn was Christopher A. Braley of Danbury, who was immediately congratulated by Governor Lynch. "This is the first time I've been picked in 23 years of applying," said Braley.  "I've waited a long time!"

Scott Mooney of Gilford, who owns Signal Mountain Guide Service, is another first-time winner who has been entering the lottery since the beginning. 

Also selected was Raymond LaCasse of Gilmanton Iron Works, who plans to take his wife Sylvia along as his subpermittee.  "I had a good feeling about today," said LaCasse.  "I saw two moose in my lawn this week, and I thought that was a good sign that I might win."

Former State Representative and House Fish and Game Committee member Vincent Grecco of Northwood reacted jubilantly when his name was called out from the winning list. 

Tricia Currier of Gilmanton got picked, too.  She was there with her smiling dad, Brett, who she plans to have as her subpermittee.  The smiles got even bigger when Tricia's mother Brenda's name was also selected.

Susan P. Watson of Athol, Mass., enjoyed beginner's luck today, winning a permit the first year she applied.  In fact, this will be her first-ever time hunting. She has taken her Hunter Education class, though, and is ready for the adventure of a lifetime.

Other winners present today included Richard LaValley of Webster, Joshua Mackay of Bridgewater, and Steve Lula of Hooksett.  Maybe the luckiest person in the room was James Sojka of Canterbury, whose name was the very last of the 395 winners called.

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 395 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.

In 2010, New Hampshire hunters took 302 moose, for a statewide success rate of 76%. Regional success rates for moose hunters last year ranged from 90% in the North Region to 45% in the southeast part of the state.

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/2011_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 2011 N.H. Moose Hunt shirt (short sleeve T-shirt, long-sleeve T-shirt, or sweatshirt styles available) may be ordered by downloading a print-and-mail order form at www.wildnh.com/Shop/moose_hunt_shirt_2011.pdf. You don’t have to be a lottery winner or alternate to buy a shirt!

For more information on hunting moose in New Hampshire, visit www.huntnh.com/Hunting/Hunt_species/hunt_moose.htm. A description of the lottery process and table of applicants and odds may be downloaded at www.huntnh.com/Hunting/Moose_hunt/moose_lottery_stats.pdf.

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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