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Moose Hunt Lottery



New Hampshire's moose hunt is nine days, starting the third Saturday in October. The 2017 hunt will take place from October 21-29, 2017, by permit only.


The 2017 New Hampshire Moose Hunt Lottery is now closed.


Come watch the drawing! The annual drawing to select the lucky hunters who will be offered a permit to hunt moose in New Hampshire this fall will be held on Friday, June 16, at 9:00 a.m. at the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department, 11 Hazen Drive in Concord, N.H. The public and interested media are invited to be on hand to watch the excitement as the names are drawn.


There are three ways to enter:

  • Enter online
  • Download the print-and-mail Moose Hunt Lottery Application
  • Visit a Fish and Game license agent


Steve White

Moose hunter Steve White gets the good

news he won a permit.

Bonus Points: NH Fish and Game has a bonus point system to improve the chance of success for unsuccessful applicants who apply each year. Unsuccessful applicants accrue one point for each consecutive year that they apply for the lottery. Each point translates to a chance in the drawing. Don't forget: Applicants lose all accrued points if they do not apply to the lottery for one year, or if they are offered and accept a moose permit.


Lottery Drawing/Unit Assignment
Permittee candidates are selected through a computer-generated random number draw.


Each applicant selected in the lottery drawing is assigned to hunt within a unit of his or her choice, except when the permit quota for that unit has already been filled. In cases where the quota in the applicant's first choice unit has been filled, the applicant will be assigned to the next unfilled unit of his or her choice, as indicated on the application. Applicants are considered for antlerless-only permits if no either-sex permits are available and the application indicates the applicant is willing to accept an antlerless-only permit. Any unit not ranked on the application form indicates that the applicant does not wish to hunt in that unit, even if it is the only unit where a permit quota has not yet been filled. Alternate candidates are selected to fill any permits not taken by the original applicants selected.


Notification of Winners
Successful applicants are notified within 10 working days of the drawing. Moose hunting information packets are mailed in mid- August, and permits are mailed in mid-September.