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Apply Before May 25 To Enter NH Moose Lottery

From New Hampshire Fish and Game Department

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f you want to hunt moose in New Hampshire this fall, now is the time enter the annual lottery. The deadline for entering the lottery is May 25.  Applications are $15 for residents and $25 for nonresidents (nonrefundable), and are available online at

Applications can also be obtained from any Fish and Game license agent. A total of 275 permits are proposed to be issued in this year’s lottery. New Hampshire’s moose hunt runs from October 20 to 28.

"New Hampshire offers a variety of quality moose hunting opportunities," according to Kristine Rines, moose project leader. “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 percent.

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. Hunters who miss applying for a year also lose points. Hunters who are drawn and accept a permit are not eligible to enter the lottery or apply for bonus points for the next three years.

Applications can be completed online or can be printed and mailed to Fish and Game headquarters. Lottery applications must be postmarked or submitted online before midnight May 25 or delivered to headquarters in Concord before 4 p.m. Applicants are encouraged to apply online and early since there is less chance of submitting an incomplete application. 

For more information on moose hunting in New Hampshire, visit 

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

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