"The State of Maine is the big draw when it comes to New England moose hunting, and next year I will make sure all Hunting Report subscribers, not just E-Mail Extra subscribers, get a timely heads-up. In the meantime, the seasons in both New Hampshire and Vermont are coming on strong. New this month in New Hampshire is a `Bonus Point' system for that state's moose permit lottery. The way it works is that applicants who apply each year will receive one bonus chance for each year they have been unsuccessful in applying. The catch is, you must submit an application each year to keep your accumulated points. If you know you cannot hunt a particular year, you can still apply and simply opt out of the lottery without losing any points.
"Traditionally, the odds for resident hunters are under one in 30, while nonresident odds drop to about one in 75. Still, for a $10 application fee, it's well worth the gamble. Moose hunters in 2003 had a success rate of 75.1 percent, the highest success rate since 1997. During the nine-day season, 362 moose were taken -- 236 bulls, 118 cows and eight calves.
"Applications must be submitted before 4 pm on May 28, 2004. You can apply on-line with a credit card or download a printable application at http://www.wild life.state.nh.us; or you can get an application by calling 603-271-2461. The nine-day moose season runs October 16-24, 2004. If you succeed in drawing a permit, you will need to pay $300 for the moose permit and $103 for a nonresident hunting license. Permit numbers are unknown at this time and won't be finalized until just before the drawing in June. However, permit numbers will probably be........(continued)