- Associated Press - Tuesday, October 21, 2014

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - New Hampshire’s Fish and Game Department says about a third of moose hunters in the state were successful during the start of the nine-day hunting season.

The department says a total of 41 moose were taken by hunters statewide over last weekend. Last year, about 18 percent of moose hunters were successful during the opening weekend.

The largest moose checked in during the opening weekend was a bull with a dressed weight of 810 pounds and an antler spread of 43 inches, taken in Bethlehem.

The department says there don’t seem to be a lot of ticks on the moose this year. Biologists at the moose check stations also are taking blood samples to test for West Nile Virus and EEE.

The moose hunt runs through Sunday.

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