New Hampshire Moose Lottery Applications Available

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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 moose hunt lottery is open and costs just $10 to enter (the fee is nonrefundable). New Hampshire's moose hunt is nine days long, starting the third Saturday in October. This year, it runs from October 20-28, 2007. The odds of being selected in the lottery are 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.

To enter the moose hunt lottery:

Moose hunt lottery applications for 2007 must be postmarked or submitted online by midnight Eastern Time, May 25, 2007, 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 22.

Last year (2006), more than 16,300 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 more than two-thirds 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 $100 resident or $300 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).

Visit for more information on moose hunting in New Hampshire, including a moose hunt Q&A, regional success rates and a gallery of photos and stories from past New Hampshire moose hunts.

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. The state's current moose population is estimated at about 7,000 animals. N.H. Fish and Game is the guardian of the state's fish, wildlife and marine resources and their habitats.