CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — For the 280 New Hampshire hunters who hold moose permits, the nine-day moose hunting season is underway.
More than 13,000 applicants vied for 275 moose hunting permits that were given away in a random computer lottery in June.
An additional five hunters secured permits by being the highest bidders in an auction that benefits the Wildlife Heritage Foundation of New Hampshire. Two permits were given to youth with serious medical conditions through the Hunt of a Lifetime program.
Last year, 64 percent of hunters with permits bagged a moose.
New Hampshire Fish and Game officials say there are more than 4,500 moose in the state. That number is up significantly from 1,600 moose when the first moose lottery was held in 1988. Seventy-five permits were issued that year.
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