N.H. Moose Hunt Lottery
New Hampshire Hunting
The adventure of a lifetime is in store for 71 people who have been offered permits in the world-class New Hampshire moose hunt, October 15-23, 2016. They are the lucky winners in the N.H. Fish and Game Department’s annual Moose Hunt Permit Lottery.
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. Permit holders may select one person of any age to join them on the moose hunt. The N.H. moose hunt success rate averages 70 percent statewide, and much higher in northern areas.
New Hampshire has had an annual moose hunt since 1988. 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. While moose populations and hence, permits, are down from past years, permits are issued at a rate that should allow the moose population to grow toward regional population goals. An ongoing research project being conducted by Fish and Game, in cooperation with UNH, will provide additional information to aid in moose management efforts.
Applications for the 2017 N.H. Moose Hunt Lottery will be available in late January 2017; watch huntnh.com 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 huntnh.com.
Darren Compton of Greeley, PA, harvested this mature bull moose (41+ inch antler spread) in New Hampshire’s White Mountains, Zone F, in 2015.
N.H. Moose Hunt by the Numbers