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NH Moose Hunt Lottery


The adventure of a lifetime is in store for 275 people who have been offered permits in the world-class New Hampshire moose hunt, October 19–27, 2013. They are the lucky winners in the NH Fish and Game Department’s annual moose hunt permit lottery.


Paul Freeman (permittee) and Derek Betts-Levine, both of Strafford, NH, had the hunt of a lifetime last October, taking this 810-pound bull in Zone B.

Moose hunting permits are offered to successful lottery applicants following a random computer-generated drawing in June. Your odds of winning improve every consecutive year you apply, thanks to a bonus point system. Entering the lottery costs just $15 for residents and $25 for nonresidents. The odds of winning are some of the best in the nation! Permit holders may select one person of any age to join them on the moose hunt. The NH moose hunt success rate averages 65 percent statewide, and much higher in northern areas.

New Hampshire has had an annual moose hunt since 1988, thanks to the recovery of the state’s moose populations. The availability of moose hunting permits, with some issued for every area of the state during the nine-day season, 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 for sportsmen and women.

Why not try your luck? Applications for the 2014 NH moose hunt lottery will be available in late January 2014; watch for your chance to apply online or by mail.

For license/permit fees, success rates by region and WMU, a photo gallery of past hunts, and Q&As on the moose hunt and the lottery, visit

NH Moose Hunt Permit Auction

The Wildlife Heritage Foundation of New Hampshire auctions five moose hunting permits each year as part of a program to support the conservation of wildlife and natural places in NH. The permits allow the holder to harvest one moose of either sex in a wildlife management unit of the holder’s choice. All auction proceeds benefit the Wildlife Heritage Foundation of New Hampshire.

Bidder’s packets become available in the spring, and bids are opened in early August. Visit or contact the Wildlife Heritage Foundation of NH, PO Box 3993, Concord, NH 03301.

The Wildlife Heritage Foundation of New Hampshire is the official non-profit partner of the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department. The Foundation raises money to support projects such as improvements at Fish and Game’s Owl Brook Hunter Education Center. Funding for the Foundation’s grant program comes from individual and corporate donors, as well as the annual moose hunt permit auction.

NH Moose Hunt By the Numbers

  • Average dressed weight of all yearling bulls taken in NH in 2012 was 410 pounds. The average dressed weight of all bulls aged 5.5 and older in 2012 was 700 pounds.
  • The largest bull moose ever taken in NH weighed in at 1,040 pounds, dressed weight, taken in 1993. Live weight of this moose would have been approximately 1,400 pounds. The largest cow ever taken dressed at 815 pounds.
  • Greatest antler spread measurement for moose taken in New Hampshire is 68.5 inches. This bull was 9.5 years of age, had 25 points and weighed 775 pounds dressed. The antler beam diameter was 60 mm. This animal was taken in A2 in 2010.
  • Moose have been taken with the use of conventional firearms and archery, handguns, muzzleloaders (including flintlocks) and the longbow.
  • Typically, more than 60% of the harvest occurs in the first 3 days of the season.
  • Successful hunters typically spend 20
    hours or more hunting and 33 hours

Regulations in red are new this year.

Purple text indicates an important note.

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