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Apply early for New Hampshire moose hunt lottery

From the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department

-- Lottery applications are now available for New Hampshire's popular moose hunt lottery Oct. 15 to 23.

Overall odds of being selected in last year's lottery were 1 in 27 for New Hampshire residents and 1 in 82 for nonresidents, some of the best odds in the nation for moose hunting.

To enter the moose hunt lottery, visit the Fish and Game website at http://www.huntnh.com to enter online or print out a mail-in application. The nonrefundable application fee is $15 for New Hampshire residents and $25 for nonresidents.  

Applications are also available from any Fish and Game license agent. Moose hunt lottery applications for 2011 must be postmarked or submitted online by May 27 by midnight, eastern time zone, or delivered to the licensing office at N.H. Fish and Game headquarters in Concord prior to 4 p.m. that day. Winners are selected in a computerized random drawing June 17.

In 2010, more than 14,000 applicants entered the lottery for the chance to win one of 395 permits. 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).  

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. For example, last year those resident applicants that had a total of 7 points had a 1 in 14 chance of being drawn and a non-resident with 7 points had a 1 in 45 chance of being drawn.

A current hunting license is not required  to enter the lottery, but hunters who accept a permit must buy a $150 resident or $500 nonresident moose hunt permit as well as a N.H. hunting license.

Those who take part in the hunt have an excellent chance of success. In 2010, 76 percent of N.H. permit holders got a 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.  

More information on moose hunting in New Hampshire is available at http://www.huntnh.com/Hunting/Hunt_species/hunt_moose.htm. New Hampshire's current moose population is estimated at about 4,500 animals.

The state has had an annual moose hunt since 1988, when 75 permits were issued for a three-day hunt in the North Country.

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