By the Numbers: Twin State Moose Hunts
The odds are better for bagging a moose than winning a permit to hunt the moose.
Moose season is over in New Hampshire and preliminary figures released by the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department show that 52 hunters took a moose during the 9-day season. A total of 72 permits were issued, so the statewide success rate works out to 72 percent.
Region to region, the success rate varied widely. In the Connecticut Lakes Region the hunters had a 91 percent success rate; 81 percent in the North Region; 68 percent in the White Mountain Region; 60 percent in the Southwest region; 50 percent in the Central Region and 50 percent in the Southeast Region. By way of comparison, the odds of winning a moose hunting permit in the state's lottery were much lower than the odds of bagging a moose. New Hampshire residents had a 1 in 63 chance of winning the lottery. Out-of-staters had a 1 in 243 chance of winning.
In Vermont, 73 moose were taken by the 168 moose hunters in the state. The state-wide success rate for the hunters was 45 percent. Permits were issued for bulls only in most of the 16 Wildlife Management Units open to moose hunting with a goal of increasing population growth. Only in northern Vermont were hunters able to take moose of either sex. More than 8,300 hunters entered the lottery to win a moose hunting permit.