If you haven’t submitted a lottery application and want a chance to hunt moose in New Hampshire this fall, then you better get moving! The deadline for entering the New Hampshire moose hunt lottery is Friday, May 25. This year, 275 lucky winners will be offered permits to participate in New Hampshire’s 2012 moose hunt, which runs from October 20 – 28. Last year’s statewide hunter success rate for moose was 71%.

It’s easy to enter. Visit http://www.huntnh.com to apply online or print out a mail-in application, or pick up a lottery application from any Fish and Game office or license agent. The entry fee is $15 for New Hampshire residents and $25 for nonresidents. Lottery applications for 2012 must be postmarked or submitted online by midnight Eastern Time, May 25, or delivered to N.H. Fish and Game headquarters in Concord before 4 p.m. that day.

Applications submitted by mail must be postmarked no later than midnight, May 25, 2012, to be eligible for the lottery. If submitting a paper application by mail on May 25, take it to the post office and try to have it postmarked while you are there; just dropping it in a mailbox does not ensure that it will be postmarked by the deadline.

A word to the wise: Apply online if you can; it greatly reduces the chance of leaving information off or making a mistake. And please don’t wait until the very last minute. Late or incomplete applications are not accepted. Applicants can enter the moose hunt lottery only 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!

Winners will be selected through a computerized random drawing on June 15, 2012.

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

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