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Moose Hunting in NH

 

New Hampshire's moose hunt is nine days, starting the third Saturday in October. The 2018 hunt will take place from October 20-28, 2018, by permit only.

 

Apply now for the 2018 NH Moose Hunt

Applications must be postmarked or submitted online by midnight Eastern Time on May 25, 2018.

 

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 15, 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.

 

 

NOTE: The number of moose hunt permits to be offered for the 2018 hunt will be determined through the biennial season-setting process currently underway. A proposal to change permit numbers in parts of the state is possible.

 

Your chance of being drawn and offered a permit in the lottery will be improved if you rank all wildlife management units on your application. You will have the option to decline a permit if drawn for a unit you prefer not to hunt.

 

Adventure of a Lifetime

 

As part of a sound management strategy, the moose hunt has been an annual event in New Hampshire since 1988. The moose population, which was only about 50 animals in 1950, had grown to over 1,600 by the time of the first moose hunt in 1988, when 75 permits were issued, primarily for the northern parts of the state. The success rate for that first year of the moose hunt was about 76 percent. For those lucky winners who take part in the hunt, it is often the adventure of a lifetime.

 

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.