Moose Hunting in NH
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.
Moose Lottery Open
There are three ways to enter:
- Enter online
- Download the print-and-mail Moose Hunt Lottery Application
- Visit a Fish and Game license agent.
Moose hunt lottery applications for 2017 must be postmarked or submitted online by midnight Eastern Time on May 26, or delivered to Fish and Game headquarters in Concord before 4:00 p.m. that day.
Winners will be selected in a random drawing on June 16, 2017.
The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department has proposed to reduce statewide moose permit issuance from 71 in 2016 to 51 in 2017. This may result in permit issuance suspension in Units H2 North, H2 South, and K. Learn more.
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 approximately 50 animals in 1950, had grown to over 4,100 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. Today, New Hampshire's moose population is estimated to be approximately 4,000 moose. For those lucky winners who take part in the hunt, it is often the adventure of a lifetime.
- Moose Check Stations and Fast Facts
- Wildlife Profiles: Moose
- Moose in NH FAQs by biologist Kristine Rines
- From NH Wildlife Journal Magazine: What's Bugging Our Moose
The Wildlife Heritage Foundation of New Hampshire auctions off two New Hampshire moose hunt permits each year. Bids are awarded in early August. All proceeds benefit NH Fish and Game Department programs. Learn more.