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May 27 deadline for NH moose hunt lottery

From the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department

-- Those who want to hunt moose in New Hampshire this fall must enter the lottery by May 27. Applications for the lottery are nonrefundable, and cost $15 for residents and $25 for non-residents. Applications are also available online at http://www.huntnh.com, or can be purchased from any Fish and Game license agent.

A total of 395 permits will be issued for the New Hampshire moose hunt Oct. 15 to 23.

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 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 76 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. 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 to apply online or print out a mail-in application. Lottery applications for 2011 must be postmarked or submitted online by midnight, Eastern Daylight Time,  on May 27. Applications delivered must be at the Fish and Game 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 http://www.huntnh.com/Hunting/Hunt_species/hunt_moose.htm.

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