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NH 2012 moose hunt lottery now open

From New Hampshire Fish and Game Department

-- New Hampshire's 2012 moose hunt lottery is now open. Entering costs are $15 for New Hampshire residents and $25 for nonresidents.

Applications are available from any Fish and Game license agent. To enter online or print out a mail-in application visit http://www.huntnh.com

All  moose hunt lottery applications for 2012 must be postmarked or submitted online by midnight May 25, or received by mail at Fish and Game headquarters in Concord before 4 p.m. Winners will be selected June 15 through a computerized random drawing.

In 2011 nearly 14,000 people entered the lottery for the chance to win one of 395 permits. Hunters from 16 different states and the United Kingdom won permits. The overall odds of being selected in last year's lottery were 1 in 26 for New Hampshire residents and 1 in 85 for nonresidents, some of the best odds in the nation for moose hunting.

About 85 percent of the permits 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.

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 resident applicants who had a total of 8 points had a 1 in 13 chance of being drawn, and a nonresident with 8 points had a 1 in 43 chance.

Applicants do not need 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.

New Hampshire's nine-day moose hunt runs from Oct. 20 to 28.

N.H. 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 4,500 animals. The availability of moose hunting permits, with some issued for every area of the state, is made possible by careful management of moose populations. The resulting sustainable annual harvest of moose helps to regulate moose numbers and provides a unique recreational opportunity. Learn more about moose hunting in New Hampshire at http://www.huntnh.com/Hunting/Hunt_species/hunt_moose.htm.

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