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February 5, 2009
Try Your Luck in the 2009 N.H. Moose Lottery
CONCORD, N.H. -- Lottery applications are now available for the adventure of a lifetime - hunting moose in New Hampshire. The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department's 2009 moose hunt lottery is open! The nonrefundable entry fee is $15 for New Hampshire residents and $25 for nonresidents. New Hampshire's moose hunt is nine days long, starting the third Saturday in October. This year's hunt runs from October 17-25, 2009. The odds of being selected in last year's lottery were 1 in 22 for New Hampshire residents and 1 in 67 for nonresidents, some of the best odds in the nation for moose hunting.
Visit the Fish and Game website at www.HuntNH.com to enter the moose hunt lottery online or print out an application to mail in. Applications can also be picked up from Fish and Game license agents statewide. Moose hunt lottery applications for 2009 must be postmarked or submitted online by May 29, 2009, midnight Eastern Time, or they may be delivered to the Licensing office at N.H. Fish and Game headquarters in Concord prior to 4:00 p.m. that day. Winners will be selected through a computerized random drawing on June 19.
Last year (2008), more than 15,100 applicants entered the lottery for the chance to win one of 515 permits. Those who are lucky enough to take part in the hunt have an excellent chance of success. In 2008, almost two-thirds of New Hampshire permit holders got their moose. 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. Hunters who get permits are not eligible to enter the lottery for the following three years. For example, hunters who won a permit in 2006, 2007 or 2008 may not apply in 2009. It is not necessary to have a current hunting license to enter the lottery, but hunters who are offered and accept a permit must buy a $150 resident or $500 nonresident moose hunt permit, as well as a New Hampshire hunting license.
Both state residents and nonresidents may enter the moose lottery. The number of permits available to nonresidents is capped, based on the prior year's sales of nonresident hunting licenses (about 15 to 17 percent of the total).
On the Fish and Game website, you can find more information on moose hunting at www.huntnh.com/Hunting/Hunt_species/hunt_moose.htm, including a moose hunt Q&A, regional success rates and photos and stories from past New Hampshire moose hunts.
The state's current moose population is estimated at about 6,000 animals.
The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department works in partnership with the public to conserve, manage and protect the state's fish, wildlife and marine resources and their habitats; inform and educate the public about these resources; and provide the public with opportunities to use and appreciate them.
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