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2017 NH Moose Hunt Gallery

Do you have a moose hunt tale to share? Send a digital photo and short (100 words max) caption to Jason Philippy at jason.philippy@wildlife.nh.gov. Include the hunter's name and hometown, and let us know how big your moose was, where and how you took it, or any other (brief) details you care to share.

NOTE: By sending your material, you are authorizing the N.H. Fish and Game Department to use it on this website or in other ways, without compensation. If you've already sent your photo, please be patient...we will try to make updates once a week. Sorry, no print photos; digital submissions only. Deadline for 2017 hunt photos: Dec. 1, 2017. (You're also welcome to head on over to our Facebook page and post your photo there.) Thanks!

 

Peruse our Moose Hunt Gallery and read successful stories from the New Hampshire moose hunt.

 

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curtis ball and lydia covertEven though I have been applying for 12 years, I consider myself very lucky to be drawn as a non-resident in one of the best units in the state (A2). Keith Robarge with Northern New Hampshire Guide Service guided my recently married daughter and her husband (Lydia & Dan Covert) on a terrific hunt. It started with me deciding not to take the spotting scope so we had to wait for the sun to rise even further before Keith could determine if the moose the one he dubbed “Chocolate Thunder” because of his large dark rack. Game on, and the four of us were quietly crunching our way towards him, trying to intercept his path. Keith spotted him first and we got set on our tripods while Dan ran the camera. Lydia was on him first and shot her muzzleloader. I quickly followed with several shots from my 375 H&H. After waiting a half hour we took up the trail with decent blood at first. This gradually decreased with Keith finding fewer and smaller drops. We had gone about 1/2 mile straight to the top of a hill through some thick brush. By now Keith was reduced to following hoof prints, but some noise got our attention. I spotted him through a narrow tunnel in the leaves, and I took my time with the last shots. After the high fives and hugs Keith set off to find his extraction crew. A few hours later and Gary, Leo, Uncle Rainey and Chris arrived with 2 Polaris 6 wheelers. We felt a bit helpless but had a great time watching this rodeo in the dark. We policed the areas for litter making sure we didn’t leave anything in the woods. Once they got him out of the bowl he died in, downhill was a breeze. By 7:00 pm or so we were wrapped up and back at camp. Truly a special hunt with my daughter, new son-in-law and the rest of the village from NNHGS. He weighed 725 lbs, had a 53-1/2” spread, 17 points and was estimated to be 5-1/2 years old by a biologist at the checking station. --Curtis Ball, Havertown, PA

 

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Matt Wheeler of Boxford, Mass. with the moose he harvested in the 2017 NH moose hunt. He was guided by Dustin Parent of Northern New England Outfitters. The moose tipped the scales at 810 lbs.The rack measured 59 7/8 inches. The moose was harvested on Weyerhaeuser Property in Unit A2 and the extraction was over 4 1/2 hours long.

 

 

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Lou Greenwood

This 670 lb Bull was taken in C-2 at 7:15 am on Sunday October 22, 2017. A great adventure and an once in a life time opportunity. I was very fortunate to share this experience with my subpermittee, my wife Jessie. I want to thank Northern New England Outfitters and Guide Service for all their time, effort and expertise for making this hunt a huge success!--Rich Tichco, Canterbury, NH.

 

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Mike Smith


I could not have been happier being selected for the 2017 moose hunt. On Thursday in the rain I was successful in harvesting a 540 lb cow in Middleton (J2). Big thanks to Mark York (sub permittee), Jim York (behind the camera) and Larry Stone with his horse Roy on extraction. Three hours from pulling the trigger to the back of the truck, great to have had a plan and help.

 

- Mike Smith

Mike Smith

 

 

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Aaron Bartlett

I contacted Keith with Northern New Hampshire guide services shortly after being picked for this year's NH Moose Lottery. This is the third time I have been selected to participate in the annual hunt and as always, Keith is our 'go to' guide. He partnered us up with Gerry and his team who put forth months of hard work and preparation in scouting and planning the perfect Hunt. Upon arriving in NH, Keith explained his plans for us-Plan A was the ideal situation, Plan B as The back up plan, and if all else fails Plan C was to ensure we did not leave empty handed. Luckily, Plan A was all we needed and our Trophy Moose was spotted within the first few hours of the first morning on the first day of the Hunt. The teams hard work and months of scouting led me straight to a 770 pound Bull Moose with a 48 inch spread! I could not be more grateful for Keith, Gerry and the entire team who spent so much time planning and preparing to make this trip nothing less than perfect. I look forward to working with them again in the future because the next time I see my name listed on the NH Moose Lottery I will surely be contacting Northern NH Guide Services. - Aaron Bartlett

 

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John Sagherian

When I got picked for the 2017 moose lottery section C2, an immediate problem emerged. We simply did not have the time to go scouting, it’s a two and half hour drive. I have been vacationing up there for many years and all of my contacts said Keith Robarge from Northern New Hampshire Guide Service was the man to hire. And boy were they right, this group puts in the time and energy needed for a successful hunt. My subpermittee Mitch Hall and I were partnered up Keith’s dad Leo and Gary the camera man. Ten minutes into the hunt on opening morning, this bull was standing 80 yards from us. He weighed 795 lbs, the rack measured 51 ½ inches. I want to thank Keith, Leo, Gary and the entire team who made this a successful hunt. - John Sagherian