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Moose Hunt Lottery FAQs


How do I apply for the New Hampshire moose hunt lottery?
The easiest and fastest way to apply for the New Hampshire Moose Hunt Lottery is by entering online. You can also download a printable lottery application, pick up an application at a local fish and game license agent, or call (603) 271-2461 to get one by mail. Applications for the current year's moose hunt are available from late January through the lottery closing date in May.
What is the definition of a New Hampshire resident?
To apply for a moose permit as a resident, you must possess a valid NH Driver's License or non-driver's identification card issued by the NH Dept. of Safety, Division of Motor Vehicles by the moose lottery application deadline. Residents are persons who reside in New Hampshire and do not claim residence in any other state for any purpose.
How does the bonus point system work?

Since 2004, the Fish and Game Department has offered a bonus point system to help repeat unsuccessful applicants in obtaining a permit. Unsuccessful applicants accrue one point for each consecutive year that they apply for the lottery. Each point translates to a chance in the drawing; that is, the first year you apply, you have one chance in the lottery; in the second year, you have two chances; etc. Applicants lose all accrued points if they do not apply to the lottery for one year or if they accept a moose permit.


In order for points to be tracked accurately, applicants are required to provide their driver's license number or a state-issued non-driver ID number. Bonus points will be assigned to the number on your application. You are also required to indicate on the application whether your driver's license number or state-issued non-driver ID number has changed. Any applicant wishing to accrue a point only(and not lose existing points) without being considered for this year's lottery must submit a completed application which indicates this. The $15 resident/$25 nonresident application fee is required for the application to be processed. Bonus points cannot be accrued during the 3-year waiting period after accepting a moose permit.


In January we mail notifications to everyone that applied the prior year letting them know that applications are available and also include the applicant’s bonus point information. 

Does that mean I have twice the chance of winning in the second year?
No, but your odds will be a little better. It will be like getting two tickets in a raffle instead of one. The reason your odds don't double is because many of the other applicants also will have two chances.
What are the harvest success rates in the different Wildlife Management Units?
Moose population density and hunter success rates generally decline from north to south. However, selecting units in which you live or with which you are familiar can give you a head start on the road to success. Pre-season scouting can greatly enhance the quality of your hunt and chances for success. All units of the state provide opportunities for large moose (in excess of 700 pounds dressed weight) or the potential for large racks (in excess of 40 inch spread). However, greater pre-season effort will provide greater post-season satisfaction.
What are the odds of being selected for a moose permit?
The odds of winning a New Hampshire moose hunt permit in 2016 were about 1 in 75 for New Hampshire residents, and 1 in 327 for nonresidents. See the most recent available statistics pdf on the moost hunt lottery applications, permits drawn, and odds. The percentage of permits issued to nonresidents shall not exceed the percentage of hunting licenses sold to nonresidents the previous year (recently about 15 to 17 percent of the total).
What happens if I skip a year?
If you skip entering the lottery one year, you lose all accrued points. If you know you won't be hunting this year, but still want to accrue a point, just indicate this on your completed application, but you still need to apply (see next question - this is important). Those who are drawn and accept a moose permit are not eligible to win a permit -- or accrue points -- for the following three years.
Why does the application ask if I wish to apply for a bonus point only?

If you know you won't be able to hunt this fall, you can opt out of the lottery, but not lose your points. Consider carefully before answering this question:

  • A "Yes"answer means you will not be entered in the lottery and will have no chance of receiving a permit this year. You will keep your existing points and accrue one point this year.
  • A "No" answer to this question means you will be entered in the lottery and may be drawn for a permit. Your points will accrue normally.
If I don't have a driver's license, what ID number do I use on the application?
The New Hampshire Department of Safety and motor-vehicle licensing agencies in other states issue non-driver ID cards. The number on these cards is the only number that may be substituted for a driver's license number.
What if my license or ID number changes?
It's your responsibility to let NH Fish and Game know about any change in your identification number (to make sure your points accrue properly).