New Hampshire Moose Hunters Have Successful Season
As of Wednesday, October 21, a total of 265 moose had been taken in the 2009 New Hampshire moose hunt (158 bulls and 107 cows). That means that just over half (51%) of hunters holding moose permits had succeeded by the mid-way point in the state's moose hunt, very similar to the hunter success rate at this point in the moose season last year. The nine-day season runs through Sunday, October 25, 2009.
"Hunters have reported seeing a lot of big bulls this year," said New Hampshire Fish and Game Department Moose Project Leader Kristine Rines. "People have observed quite a few groups of bachelor bulls together, suggesting that the rut, or breeding season, is pretty much over."
Rines explained that moose begin to change their habits around this time of year, so people aren't necessarily seeing the animals where they were scouted out earlier in the year. Both bulls and cows start feeding heavily in order to gain weight for the winter. Also, moose already have their heavy winter coats, so on warm days they tend to bed down in the shade or move uphill to cooler high elevations.
The largest bull taken so far this year was registered at the Berlin, N.H., check station. It weighed 940 pounds dressed weight (the approximate live weight would have been an impressive 1,372 pounds) and was taken in WMU B by Joe Hill of Brandon, Mississippi. The largest cow taken so far (also checked in at Berlin) had a dressed weight of 700 pounds (about 1,022 pounds live weight) and was taken in WMU B by Michael Baglivo Sr. of Brooklyn, N.Y.
Want to know more? Listen in as Fish and Game’s moose biologist Kristine Rines talks about the state’s moose population and the latest goings-on at moose registration stations in New Hampshire on Fish and Game's October podcast at http://blog.wildnh.com. (You'll also hear furbearer biologist Patrick Tate talk about New Hampshire's wildcats -- bobcat and lynx.)
This year, more than 14,500 people entered the 2009 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 check stations, visit www.huntnh.com/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.