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Deadline to enter New Hampshire moose lottery is May 29; 9-day moose hunt in October


CONCORD, New Hampshire — It's not too late to enter the New Hampshire moose lottery.

Applications for the annual lottery must be postmarked or submitted online by midnight May 29, or delivered to the New Hampshire Fish and Game headquarters in Concord before 4 p.m. that day. The applications cost $15 for residents and $25 for non-residents. They are available online.

Winners will be selected through a computerized random drawing June 26 at the Fish and Game Department. In all, 105 permits are to be issued this year.

The state's nine-day moose hunt this year will take place Oct. 17-25.

Each applicant can choose to be entered into the lottery or to accrue a point and not be entered. A bonus point system improves the chances for applicants who apply each consecutive year. This benefits those hunters who know they will not be able to hunt this year and want to continue to accrue bonus points.

Hunters who are drawn and accept a permit are not eligible to enter the lottery or to apply for a bonus point for the following three years.

New Hampshire has had an annual moose hunt since 1988, when 75 permits were issued for a three-day hunt in the North Country. The state currently has about 4,000 moose.

Last year, more than 10,000 people entered the lottery for the chance to win one of 124 permits.


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