New Hampshire Moose Lottery Is On!

Concord, N.H. – If you want to hunt moose in New Hampshire this
fall, enter the lottery and try your luck on the adventure of a
lifetime.  Applications for the lottery cost $15 for residents and
$25 for non-residents (nonrefundable) and are available online at
www.huntnh.com or from any Fish
and Game license agent.  The deadline for entering the 2009 lottery
is May 29, 2009.   New Hampshire’s moose hunt runs from October 17
to 25, 2009.

“New Hampshire offers a variety of quality moose hunting
opportunities,” said Kristine Rines, Moose Project Leader for New
Hampshire Fish and Game.  “Whether you’re looking for a trophy
bull, a wilderness hunting adventure or simply filling your freezer
with meat, you can expect the moose hunt to fill your expectations,
right here in New Hampshire.  Most permits are for the taking of
either a male or female, giving hunters greater opportunities to
fill their tags, and, except in the Southeast region, the state
still has large undeveloped areas in which to hunt.”  The state’s
current moose population is estimated at about 6,000 animals.

More than 15,100 applicants entered the lottery for the chance
to win a permit for the 2008 moose season.  Permit holders can
choose another hunter of any age to accompany them on the hunt, but
only one moose may be taken per permit.  Each applicant can enter
the moose hunt lottery once each year.  A bonus point system
improves the chances for unsuccessful applicants who apply each
consecutive year.  Don’t miss a year, or you’ll lose your points! 
Hunters who get permits are not eligible to enter the lottery for
the following three years.

Success rates are highest in the northernmost Wildlife
Management Units, running as high as 95% in 2008. Last year, the
statewide success rate was 65%. The largest bull weighed 840 pounds
dressed, while the largest cow weighed 715 pounds dressed. The
average weight for an adult bull (bulls 5.5 years of age and older)
was 702 pounds. The average spread of adult bulls was 45.7 inches.
Greatest spread taken last year was 61 inches.

Enter the lottery by visiting Fish and Game at www.huntnh.com (you can apply online or
print out a mail-in application).  Lottery applications for 2009
must be postmarked or submitted online by midnight Eastern Time,
May 29, 2009, or delivered to N.H. Fish and Game headquarters in
Concord before 4 p.m. that day.  Applicants are encouraged to apply
online since there is less chance of submitting an incomplete
application.

Both N.H. residents and nonresidents can enter the moose
lottery.  The number of permits available to nonresidents is
capped, based on the prior year’s sales of nonresident hunting
licenses (recently about 15 to 17 percent of the total).  The
overall odds of being selected last year were 1 in 22 for residents
and 1 in 67 for nonresidents — some of the best odds in the nation
for moose hunting.  It is not necessary to have a current hunting
license to enter the lottery.

Hunters who are offered and accept a permit must buy a $150
resident or $500 non-resident moose hunt permit, as well as a New
Hampshire hunting license.  If tough economic times have you
pondering whether or not to apply, consider the following, says
Rines: “New Hampshire has one of the lowest application and permit
costs in the nation for both residents and non-residents.  If you
harvest an adult moose, you can expect an average of about 350
pounds of edible meat. Calculating the cost per pound based upon
the permit fee, you are looking at an extremely inexpensive
organic, low-cholesterol table food.  If you cannot afford the
permit fee at this time, I encourage you to continue to apply each
year.  There is an option you can select on the application for
those that do not wish to participate in the lottery but still want
to accrue this year’s bonus point.  By doing this annually, you
will continue to build up points and you won’t lose bonus points
you may currently have.  Then, when the day comes that you are able
to moose hunt, you can enter the lottery with multiple bonus points
and multiple chances of winning.”

For more information on moose hunting in New Hampshire, visit
www.huntnh.com/Hunting/Hunt_species/hunt_moose.htm.

The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department is the guardian of
the state’s fish, wildlife and marine resources. Visit www.huntnh.com.

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