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Moose Hunt Quick Facts

  • Average dressed weight of all yearling bulls and cows taken over the past 5 years (2014-2019) was 425 pounds and 415 pounds, respectively. The average dressed weight of all bulls aged 5.5 and older over the same time period was 740 pounds while cows averaged 560 pounds.
  • The largest bull moose ever taken in NH weighed in at 1,040 pounds, dressed weight.  Live weight of this moose was approximately 1,518 pounds.  The largest cow ever taken in NH dressed at 815 pounds, live weight would be approximately 1190. These two animals came from Wildlife Management Unit (WMU) A2 and both were taken in 1993.
  • Greatest antler spread measurement for a moose taken in New Hampshire was 68.5 inches. This bull was 12.5 years old, had 25 points and weighed 775 pounds dressed.  The antler beam diameter was 60mm.  This animal was taken in WMU A2 in 2010. In 2019 average spread of bulls aged 5.5 years and older was 50.5 inches.
  • Moose have been taken with the use of conventional firearms and archery, handguns, muzzleloaders (including flintlocks) and longbowsIn 2019, 36 hunters took their moose using a rifle. The 30-06, 308 and 300 remained the post popular calibers used. One person took their moose using a 12 gauge shotgun and one with a long bow.
  • Sixty percent (60%) of the total kill was taken within the first three days of the season. In addition, 25% of successful hunters took their moose between the hours of ½ hour before sunrise and 10 AM.
  • Eighty-nine percent (89%) of successful hunters scouted. They spent an average of 38 hours scouting and 26 hours hunting; saw 0.05 moose/hour while scouting and 0.26 moose/hour while hunting, and 64% of successful hunters took their moose in the area they scouted.

 

REGION
AND WMU'S

CURRENT LEVEL1

2006-2016 OBJECTIVE

MANAGEMENT ACTION REQUIRED

CT. LAKES

A1, A2

1.51 2.24 GROWTH

NORTH
B, C2, D1

0.93 1.28 GROWTH

WHITE MOUNTAINS
C1, D2, E1, E2, E3, F

0.36 0.47 GROWTH

CENTRAL
G, H1, I1, I2, J1, J2

0.25 0.25 NONE

SOUTHWEST
H2N, H2S, K

0.25 0.23 NONE

SOUTHEAST
L, M

0.1 0.1 NONE

 

  • 1 Estimated moose density/mi2 extrapolated from moose seen per 100 hunter hours during the deer hunter mail surveys, 2018 & 2019.

 

2019 MOOSE SEASON SUMMARY BY ZONE 
ZONE PERMITS ISSUED PERMITS FILLED TOTAL HARVEST SUCCESS RATE  # MOOSE SEEN PER HOUR HUNTED*
Either Sex Either Sex Bull Cow / Calves
A1 2 2 1 1 100% 0.19
A2 9 9 8 1 100% 0.49
B 5 5 5 0 100% 0.28
C1 3 2 2 0 67% 0.13
C2 5 4 4 0 80% 0.29
D1 5 4 2 2 80% 0.13
D2 2 2 1 1 100% 0.52
E1 1 1 0 1 100% 0.06
E2 1 1 1 0 100% 0.06
E3 1 0 0 0 100% 0.06
F 2 1 1 0 50% 0.07
G 1 0 0 0 0% NA
H1 1 0 0 0 0% NA
H2 N 1 1 1 0 100% 0.5
H2 S 1 0 0 0 0% NA
I1 1 1 0 1 100% 1
I2 1 1 1 0 100% 0.16
J1 1 0 0 0 0% NA
J2 1 1 0 1 100% 0.06
K 1 1 1 0 100% 0.09
L 3 2 2 0 67% 0.42
M 2 0 0 0 0% NA
TOTAL: 50 38 31 7 76% 0.26

 

 

2019 MOOSE SEASON SUMMARY BY REGION 
REGION PERMITS ISSUED PERMITS FILLED TOTAL HARVEST SUCCESS RATE # MOOSE SEEN PER HOUR HUNTED*
Either Sex  Either Sex    Bulls Cows / calves
CT LAKES 11 11 9 2 100% 0.44
NORTH 15 13 11 2 87% 0.24
WHITE MTNS 10 7 5 2 70% 0.12
CENTRAL 6 3 2 1 50% 0.18
SOUTHWEST 3 2 2 0 67% 0.12
SOUTHEAST 5 2 2 0 40% 0.42
 
TOTAL: 50 38 31 7 76% 0.26

 

* Successful hunters only. All E units are reported together for observation rate.