Moose Lottery Drawing Is Friday, June 23

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The annual drawing to select the lucky hunters who will be offered a permit to hunt moose in New Hampshire this fall will be held on Friday, June 23, 2006, at 9 a.m. at the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department headquarters on Hazen Drive in Concord. Fish and Game will issue 675 moose hunting permits this year. If you haven't applied for the 2006 moose hunt lottery, it's too late for this year, but the public is invited to be on hand to watch the excitement as the names are drawn. Winners are selected through a computerized random drawing.

If you can't be there on Friday, tune in to radio station WTPL (107.7 FM, reaching from Nashua to the Lakes Region); radio personalities Peter St. James and Ken Cail will broadcast drawing results live from Fish and Game headquarters that morning starting at 9 a.m. You can also check results online - official lists of winners and alternates will be posted on the Fish and Game website at www.wildlife.state.nh.us by 11 a.m. that day.

In honor of the occasion, "Forever Locked," a life-size taxidermy exhibit of two battling bull moose (property of the nonprofit N.H. Locked Moose Antler Project, Inc.), will be on display in front of Fish and Game headquarters until 10 a.m. on the morning of the lottery drawing.

New Hampshire's 2006 moose hunt runs from October 21 to 29, 2006. All proceeds from the sale of moose hunt lottery applications and permits are used to support New Hampshire's comprehensive moose management program, which includes education, research, protection and management.

For more about moose hunting in New Hampshire click here.