If you want to hunt moose in New Hampshire this fall, now is the time 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 http://www.huntnh.com or from any Fish and Game license agent. A total of 275 permits are proposed to be issued in this year’s lottery. The deadline for entering the 2012 lottery is May 25, 2012. New Hampshire’s moose hunt runs from October 20 – 28, 2012.
“New Hampshire offers a variety of quality moose hunting opportunities,” said Kristine Rines, Moose Project Leader for the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department. “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 fulfill 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 4,500 animals. Last year, the statewide hunter success rate was 71%.
Each applicant can enter the lottery once a year. Everyone who enters the lottery has a chance at being drawn. 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 are drawn and accept a permit are not eligible to enter the lottery or apply for a bonus point for the following three years.
Apply now by visiting N.H. Fish and Game at http://www.huntnh.com (you can apply online or print out a mail-in application). Lottery applications for 2012 must be postmarked or submitted online by midnight Eastern Time, May 25, 2012, or delivered to N.H. Fish and Game headquarters in Concord before 4 p.m. that day. Applicants are encouraged to apply online and early since there is less chance of submitting an incomplete application.