- Associated Press - Saturday, January 31, 2015

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - New Hampshire’s 2015 moose lottery is open, and participants have through May 29 to enter.

Entering the lottery costs $15 for New Hampshire residents and $25 for non-residents.

New Hampshire’s Fish and Game Department says each applicant can enter once a year. A bonus point system improves the chances for unsuccessful applicants who apply each consecutive year.

Last year, more than 10,000 people entered the lottery for the chance to win one of 124 permits. More than 1,400 people continued to accrue bonus points because they submitted an application for a point only. Hunters from eight different states won permits in the lottery.

The exact number of moose hunt permits that will be offered for this fall’s hunt has not yet been determined. Because of the continued decline in moose numbers in some areas, permit reductions are possible in parts of the state, according to Wildlife Programs Supervisor Kent Gustafson.

Gustafson said participants’ chances of being drawn and offered a permit in the lottery will be improved if they rank all wildlife management units on their application.

Winners will be selected through a computerized random drawing on June 19 at the Fish and Game Department in Concord.

This year’s hunt runs from Oct. 17-25.

To enter, visit https://www.huntnh.com/Hunting/Hunt_species/hunt_moose.htm.

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