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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.



Applications for the 2018 NH Moose Hunt will be available beginning in January 2018.


The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department has reduced statewide moose permit issuance from 71 in 2016 to 51 in 2017. This results in permit issuance suspension in Units H2 North, H2 South, and K. Learn more.


Learn more about the moose lottery, including bonus points.


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.