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Moose Hunt Lottery


The adventure of a lifetime is in store for 395 people who have been offered permits in the world-class New Hampshire moose hunt, October 16–24, 2010. They are the lucky winners in the NH 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. 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 2011 NH moose hunt lottery will be available in late January 2011; 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

Above:Jeff and Lisa Cantara got this nice 2½-year-old bull in Randolph during the 2009 NH Moose Hunt.


NH Moose Hunt Permit Auction

wildlife_heritage_foundation_of_nh pms 356 & black copy.epsThe Wildlife Heritage Foundation of New Hampshire will auction five moose hunting permits for the 2011 moose hunt 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.



  • Average dressed weight of all yearling bulls taken in NH in 2009 was 435 pounds. The average dressed weight of all bulls aged 5.5 and older in 2009 was 751 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 inches. This bull was 9.5 years of age, had 22 points and weighed 785 pounds dressed. The antler beam diameter was 67mm—over 2½ inches!
  • Moose have been taken with the use of conventional firearms and archery, handguns, muzzleloaders (including flintlocks) and the longbow. In 2009, 97% of hunters took their moose using a rifle or shotgun.
  • 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.

Regulations in red are new this year.

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