CONCORD, New Hampshire — Now's the time to enter the New Hampshire moose lottery.
Applications for the annual lottery cost $15 for residents and $25 for non-residents and are available online. A total of 105 permits are proposed to be issued this year.
Applications must be postmarked or submitted online by midnight on May 29, or delivered to the New Hampshire Fish and Game headquarters in Concord before 4 p.m. that day.
Winners will be selected through a computerized random drawing on June 19 at the Fish and Game Department in Concord.
The state's nine-day moose hunt starts the third Saturday in October. This year's hunt runs from October 17-25.
The department says each applicant can choose to be entered into the lottery or to accrue a point and not be entered into the lottery. This benefits those hunters who know they will not be able to hunt this year and want to continue to accrue bonus points. A bonus point system improves the chances for unsuccessful applicants who apply each consecutive year.
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's current moose population is estimated at about 4,000 animals.
Last year, more than 10,000 people entered the lottery for the chance to win one of 124 permits.
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