New Hampshire Moose Lottery Now Open

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Lottery applications are now available for the adventure of a lifetime - hunting moose in New Hampshire. The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department's 2008 moose hunt lottery is open! The entry fee is $15 for New Hampshire residents and $25 for nonresidents (nonrefundable). New Hampshire's moose hunt is nine days long, starting the third Saturday in October. This year's hunt runs from October 18-26, 2008. The odds of being selected in last year's lottery were about 1 in 20 for new Hampshire residents and 1 in 55 for nonresidents, some of the best odds in the nation for moose hunting.

Visit the Fish and Game website at to enter the moose hunt lottery online or print out an application to mail in. Applications can also be picked up from Fish and Game license agents statewide. Moose hunt lottery applications for 2008 must be postmarked or submitted online by midnight Eastern Time, May 30, 2008, or they may be delivered to N.H. Fish and Game headquarters in Concord prior to 4:00 p.m. that day. Winners will be selected through a computerized random drawing on June 20.

Last year (2007), more than 16,700 applicants entered the lottery for the chance to win one of 675 permits. Those who are lucky enough to take part in the hunt have an excellent chance of success. Last year almost three-fourths of New Hampshire permit holders got their moose. Permit holders can choose another hunter of any age to accompany them on the hunt, but only one moose may be taken per permit.

Each applicant can enter the moose hunt lottery once each year. A bonus point system improves the chances for unsuccessful applicants who apply each consecutive year. Hunters who get permits are not eligible to enter the lottery for the following three years. It is not necessary to have a current hunting license to enter the lottery, but hunters who are offered and accept a permit must buy a $150 resident or $500 nonresident moose hunt permit, as well as a New Hampshire hunting license.

Both state residents and nonresidents may enter the moose lottery. The number of permits available to nonresidents is capped, based on the prior year's sales of nonresident hunting licenses (about 15 to 17 percent of the total).

For more information on moose hunting in New Hampshire, including a moose hunt Q&A, regional success rates and photos and stories from past New Hampshire moose hunts visit

The state's current moose population is estimated at about 6,000 animals.

Click here to enter the 2008 moose hunt lottery online

The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department works in partnership with the public to conserve, manage and protect the state's fish, wildlife and marine resources and their habitats; inform and educate the public about these resources; and provide the public with opportunities to use and appreciate them.