Time is Running Out to Enter Moose Lottery

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Time is running out if you want to hunt moose in New Hampshire this year -- the deadline to get applications in for the 2004 moose hunt lottery is May 28. Prospective hunters will want to be sure to apply in 2004, because a new bonus point system now improves your chance of winning in future years.

Hunters can click here to apply for the 2004 moose lottery online, or pick up an application at a New Hampshire Fish and Game license agent and send it in with the nonrefundable $10 application fee

Last year, a total of 485 moose-hunt permits were issued. The season lasts nine days in October (October 16-24, 2004). The odds of winning a permit -- usually about one in 25 for state residents and one in 75 for nonresidents -- are among the best in the nation for moose hunting. Those who do participate in the hunt have a high success rate -- about 75 percent of the hunters got their moose last year.

Winners will be drawn during a computer-generated lottery on Friday, June 18. To be eligible, applications must be postmarked no later than May 28, or received at N.H. Fish and Game, 11 Hazen Drive, Concord NH 03301 no later than 4 p.m. on Friday, May 28. Online applications must be submitted by 4 p.m. EST on May 28. Applicants must be 16 years old by May 28. Each hunter may submit only one application. You do not have to hold a current hunting license to enter. Hunters who won moose permits in 2001, 2002 or 2003 are not eligible to enter this year's lottery. Lottery winners will be offered a moose-hunting permit, which costs $100 for New Hampshire residents and $300 for nonresidents.

Application fees are used exclusively for the implementation of a comprehensive moose management program, including education, research, protection and management. New Hampshire's moose population is now estimated at 6,500 animals. Click here for more information on the New Hampshire moose hunt.