New Hampshire Moose Hunt Draw Complete
The adventure of a lifetime is in store for 395 people who have been offered permits to hunt moose in New Hampshire this October. They are the lucky winners in the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department's annual moose permit lottery drawing.
The names of the 2010 winners and alternates are posted on Fish and Game's website at www.huntnh.com/Hunting/Moose_hunt/2010_Moose_Winners.html.
Winners were randomly selected by computer from a pool of more than 14,000 applicants. They will be offered permits to hunt moose during the October 16 - 24, 2010, season. Each winner is allowed to enlist a guide and one friend or relative to help on the hunt as a "subpermittee."
About a hundred people showed up at Fish and Game headquarters in Concord today to watch the drawing, swap hunting stories, and listen hopefully to hear their names on the list of winners.
Winners hailed from throughout New Hampshire, as well as Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, Maine, Pennsylvania, New York, Wisconsin, Michigan, New Jersey, Illinois, Colorado, Virginia, Mississippi, Ohio and Florida
Five happy winners were present to hear their names announced at the drawing. The first winner in the room was David Joslyn of Chichester, who started entering the moose hunt lottery when he moved back to New Hampshire in 2004.
Maurice L'Heureux of Manchester was all smiles after hearing his name called – especially after his wife, Jacqueline, was drawn as well!
Permit winner Colleen VanVeleen of Penacook, age 16, was in attendance with her grandfather and uncle; no final word on whom Colleen will choose to be her subpermittee.
Joshua Courchesne of Hooksett has been entering the NH moose hunt lottery for 8 years; this is his first draw, although he was his Pepe's subpermittee a few years back.
It’s the 16th year entering the NH moose hunt lottery and the first win for Robert Rioux of Nashua, who says he's been hunting "since he was born." He and wife Carol were there to hear his name read for a permit in unit I1.
Thanks to the recovery of moose populations, New Hampshire has had an annual moose hunt since 1988. That year, 75 permits were issued for a three-day hunt in the North Country. The availability of 395 hunting permits this year, with some issued for every area of the state during the nine-day season, has been 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.
Each permit winner is assigned to one of 22 wildlife management units (WMUs) in which he or she can legally hunt.
In 2009, New Hampshire hunters took 341 moose, for a statewide success rate of 65%. Regional success rates for moose hunters last year ranged from 91% in the North Region to 47% in the southeast and southwest regions of the state.
Hunters whose names were selected in the drawing will be notified by mail. Lists of successful applicants and alternates are available at www.huntnh.com/Hunting/Moose_hunt/2010_Moose_Winners.html; at Fish and Game headquarters in Concord; and at the Department's regional offices in Durham, Keene, Lancaster and New Hampton.
For more information on hunting moose in New Hampshire, visit www.huntnh.com/Hunting/Hunt_species/hunt_moose.htm. A description of the lottery process and table of applicants and odds may be downloaded here: www.huntnh.com/Hunting/Moose_hunt/moose_lottery_stats.pdf (PDF).
The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department is the guardian of the state's fish, wildlife and marine resources and their habitats.