Moose Hunt Permit Winners Announced
CONCORD, N.H. – An exciting fall is in store for 485 people who have been offered permits to hunt moose in New Hampshire this October. They were the lucky winners in the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department’s annual moose permit lottery drawing held today.
The winners, randomly selected by computer from a pool of more than 14,000 applicants, were offered permits to hunt moose during the October 18-26 season. Each permittee can enlist a friend or relative and a guide to help on the hunt.
More than 90 people showed up at Fish and Game headquarters in Concord to watch this morning’s drawing and talk about moose hunts past and future; four of those in attendance were selected. Jena LaValley of Webster and Everett Hayes of Franklin pushed the buttons to initiate the computerized winner selection.
Among the winners present was David B. Williams of Raymond, a lifelong New Hampshire resident who has applied for the lottery every year since it began. An avid hunter, Williams has traveled as far as Alaska and the Northwest Territories to hunt elk, bear and other big game. He’s made a point never to hunt moose on these trips, however, because he wanted his first moose hunting experience to be here in the Granite State. “I couldn’t believe it – I’ve waited so long for this chance!” said Williams. “I’m a person who really enjoys the sport of hunting, and I love New Hampshire. I am really looking forward to hunting moose here in my home state. This is very special.”
A total of 14,401 people applied for moose hunt permits this year, about two-thirds of them New Hampshire residents. The odds of winning a permit were about 1 in 23 for residents and 1 in 64 for out-of-staters. The names of the winners are posted on Fish and Game’s website: www.wildlife.state.nh.us.
Thanks to the recovery of moose populations, New Hampshire has had an annual moose hunt since 1988. That year, 75 permits were issued for a three-day hunt in the North Country.
The availability of 485 hunting permits this year, with some issued for every area of the state during the nine-day season, has been made possible by careful management of moose populations and improved moose habitat. The resulting sustainable annual harvest of moose helps to regulate moose numbers and provides a unique recreational opportunity.
Each permit winner is assigned to one of 22 wildlife management units (WMU’s) in which he or she can legally hunt. Fifty antlerless-only moose permits were issued in northern New Hampshire WMU’s, with the remaining 435 permits valid for taking any moose in WMU’s across the state.
In 2002, hunters took 355 moose (485 permits were offered in the lottery). The success rate for moose hunters last year ranged from 35 percent in southeastern New Hampshire to 94 percent up north, with an average of 73 percent across the state.
Hunters whose names were selected in today’s drawing will be notified by mail. Lists of successful applicants are available at the Fish and Game headquarters in Concord; at the Department’s regional offices in Durham, Keene, Lancaster and New Hampton; and on the web at www.wildlife.state.nh.us.
Some hunters this fall may see moose with radio-telemetry collars and ear tags. In a project being conducted by Fish and Game and the University of New Hampshire, 24 moose (4 cows and 20 calves) were fitted with radio-telemetry collars and ear tags this past winter in Wildlife Management Units B, C1 and C2. Research on these animals will help biologists determine the habitat use and causes and rates of mortality of North Country moose. Hunters may shoot these collared moose, but the collars and ear tags must be turned in when the hunter registers the moose. Hunters who encounter a collared moose are encouraged to record where and when it is seen, the sex of the moose, whether they believe it is a calf, yearling or adult, and if possible, the ear tag number. Sightings of these moose should be reported to (603) 449-2094.
This research and other moose management activities in New Hampshire are funded by hunting license and permit sales and by the Federal Aid in Sport Fish and Wildlife Restoration Program.