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Proposed Number of Permits for 2017 NH Moose Hunt Announced

Kent Gustafson: (603) 271-2461
Linda Verville: (603) 271-2461

April 24, 2017

Updated from the original press release of February 14, 2017


CONCORD, N.H. -- The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department has  reduced statewide moose hunt permit issuance from 71 in 2016 to 51 in 2017. The proposal was approved by the Fish and Game Commission at its April meeting, following a rulemaking process that included public hearings and an opportunity to submit written comments. The proposal remains pending until final approval at the May 2017 meeting of the Joint Legislative Committee on Administrative Rules (JLCAR).

Meanwhile, those applying for the 2017 New Hampshire moose hunt lottery should be aware that the estimated moose density in the South West Region, comprised of Moose Management Units H2-North, H2-South and K has declined to the “cut-off threshold,” established in the Moose Management Plan, at which permit issuance will be suspended. As a result, the proposal would suspend permit issuance in these three units (no permits would be issued) during the 2017 lottery.

The initial proposal also would reduce permit numbers in the North Region (units B, C2, and D1) from 25 to 15, and in the White Mountain Region (units C1, D2, E1, E2, E3, and F) from 20 to 15, with some permits continuing to be issued in all moose management units in these regions.
Lottery applicants should consider these possible changes when they apply. As noted in the moose lottery application information, applicants should rank all units to maximize their chances of being offered a permit. If successful in the lottery and offered a permit for a unit they prefer not to hunt, the permit can be declined without loss of accumulated points.

To enter the New Hampshire moose hunt lottery, visit  Entering the lottery costs $15 for New Hampshire residents and $25 for nonresidents.

Lottery permits offered in the New Hampshire moose hunt have declined in recent years, in part because of the impact of  parasites, both winter tick and brainworm, on the population. This situation is being closely monitored and a multi-year study is underway. 


Visit to learn more about how New Hampshire’s moose are being managed as a changing climate and increasing parasite burdens influence the ability of the environment to maintain moose.

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