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NH Moose Hunt Lottery

The adventure of a lifetime is in store for 105 people who have been offered permits in the world-class New Hampshire moose hunt, October 17-25, 2015. 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 64 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 2016 N.H. Moose Hunt Lottery will be available in late January 2016; 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

New Hampshire Moose Hunt Permit Auction

The Wildlife Heritage Foundation of New Hampshire auctions two moose hunting permits each year as part of a program to support the conservation of wildlife and natural places in N.H. 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 N.H., 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.

Wildlife Heritage Foundation of N.H.

Investing in New Hampshire now, to conserve wildlife and natural areas for future generations. Contact 603-496-2778 or for information, auction packet, or to make your tax-deductible donation.

Presenting sponsor, Discover WILD New Hampshire Day
April 16, 2016, at N.H. Fish and Game in Concord

N.H. Moose Hunt by the Numbers

  • Average dressed weight of all yearling bulls taken in N.H. in 2014 was 406 pounds. The average dressed weight of all bulls aged 5.5 and older in 2014 was 721 pounds.
  • The largest bull moose ever taken in New Hampshire 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 average 26 hours hunting and 35 hours scouting.

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