Feeling lucky, hunters? 2017 NH Moose lottery now open

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20017 Moose lottery!
20017 Moose lottery is open!

CONCORD, NH – New Hampshire’s 2017 moose hunt lottery is now open. Enter for your chance at the adventure of a lifetime – hunting moose in the rugged woods of the Granite State.  Entering the lottery costs $15 for New Hampshire residents and $25 for nonresidents.

Enter for your chance to hunt moose online here, or print out a mail-in application, or buy one in person from any Fish and Game license agent or at Fish and Game headquarters in Concord.

Moose hunt lottery applications for 2017 must be postmarked or submitted online by midnight Eastern Time on May 26, 2017, or delivered to the Licensing Office at Fish and Game headquarters in Concord before 4 p.m. that day. Winners will be selected through a computerized random drawing on June 16 at the NH Fish and Game Department in Concord.

Each applicant can enter the moose hunt lottery once a year. A bonus point system improves the chances for unsuccessful applicants who apply each consecutive year. For example, last year the overall odds of a resident applicant being drawn were 1 in 75, while resident applicants with a total of 13 points had a 1 in 34 chance of being drawn.  For nonresidents, the odds increased from 1 in 327 overall to 1 in 150 for applicants with 13 points.

Last year (2016), more than 8,100 people entered the lottery for the chance to win one of 71 permits. More than 1,400 people continued to accrue bonus points because they submitted an application for a point only.  Hunters from seven different states won permits in the lottery.

While people travel from all over the country to take part in the New Hampshire moose hunt, the majority of permits (about 85 percent) go to New Hampshire residents. The number of permits available to nonresidents is capped, based on the prior year’s sales of nonresident hunting licenses.

The number of moose hunt permits that will be offered for this fall’s hunt has not yet been determined. Harvest and survey data are currently under review and a proposal to change permit numbers in parts of the state is possible, according to Wildlife Programs Supervisor Kent Gustafson.

While permit numbers may be changed in 2017, your chance of being drawn and offered a permit in the lottery will be improved if you rank all wildlife management units on your application, Gustafson noted.  You will have the option to decline a permit if drawn for a unit you prefer not to hunt.

New Hampshire’s nine-day moose hunt starts the third Saturday in October.  This year’s hunt runs from October 21-29, 2017.

New Hampshire has had an annual moose hunt since 1988, when 75 permits were issued for a three-day hunt in the North Country. The state’s current moose population is estimated at about 3,800 animals. The availability of moose hunting permits is made possible by careful monitoring of moose populations. The resulting annual harvest of moose provides valuable information on the physical condition of moose and provides a unique recreational opportunity.  Learn more about moose hunting in New Hampshire at www.huntnh.com/hunting/moose.html.


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Carol Robidoux

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Longtime NH journalist and publisher of ManchesterInkLink.com. Loves R&B, German beer, and the Queen City!