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Moose lottery drawing picks 105 winners, offers all a chance to swap backwoods stories

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CONCORD, New Hampshire — Moose hunting season is still more than three months away, but 105 lucky hunters have bagged a chance to join the hunt.

New Hampshire's 28th annual moose lottery drawing Friday in a packed meeting room at Fish and Game Department headquarters in Concord gave winners and losers alike a chance to swap hunting tales and stories from past drawings.

Gov. Maggie Hassan pushed the start button for the computerized random selection and list of winners from more than 9,500 applicants.

Among the last chosen was Nathanial Jones of Northfield, who leaped out of his seat, whooping with joy. He said it will be his first moose hunt.

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

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