50% of New Hampshire Moose Hunters Successful so Far

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As of Wednesday, October 22, 2008, a total of 256 moose had been taken in the 2008 New Hampshire moose hunt (150 bulls and 106 cows). That means that half (49.6%) of hunters holding moose permits had succeeded by the mid-way point in the state's moose hunt, slightly down from the 56% success rate hunters had achieved at this point in the moose season last year. The nine-day season runs through Sunday, October 26, 2008.

"The weather has been perfect for moose hunting," said New Hampshire Fish and Game Department Moose Project Leader Kristine Rines. "It's obvious the rut is still going on. Hunters are still able to call bulls in, and some have observed bulls fighting."

The largest bull taken so far this year weighed 840 pounds (dressed weight; it would have weighed 1,230 pounds live) and was taken in WMU D-1 by Robert Whitten of Litchfield, N.H. The largest cow taken so far had a dressed weight of 715 pounds (1,050 pounds live weight) and was taken in WMU A-1 by Brian Cole of Antrim, N.H.

More than 15,000 people entered the 2008 moose hunt lottery, held last spring, for a chance to win one of the 515 permits drawn for the New Hampshire moose hunt.

For more about moose hunting in New Hampshire, including a list of moose check stations and a selection of photos from this year's hunt, visit www.wildlife.state.nh.us/Hunting/Hunt_species/hunt_moose.htm.

The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department is the guardian of the state's fish, wildlife and marine resources and their habitats. Visit www.HuntNH.com.