CONCORD, N.H. -- As of Wednesday, October 23, 2013, a total of 119 moose had been taken in the 2013 New Hampshire moose hunt (63 bulls and 56 cows). That means that 42% of the 281 hunters holding moose permits had succeeded by the midway point in the state's moose hunt. Last year (2012), 50% of hunters had gotten their moose by this point in the season.
The midweek weather has been favorable for hunters, as cooler temperatures and sunshine prevail in the Granite State. Some hunters are seeing just the moose they get, while others are seeing moose "everywhere," says N.H. Fish and Game Department Moose Project Leader Kristine Rines. Hunters are also reporting that moose seem to be more easily spooked by human presence than they have been in the past.
With the initial rutting period over, hunters are not seeing sparring activity among bulls. Cows that have not been bred continue to cycle into estrus, however, so young bulls are still responding well to calls.
Fish and Game biologists working the registration stations have seen unusually high numbers of winter ticks on some harvested moose, while others seem to be carrying a typical load of the pests, according to Rines.
New Hampshire's nine-day moose hunt continues through Sunday, October 27, 2013. This year, more than 13,000 people entered the moose hunt lottery for a chance to win a permit for the New Hampshire moose hunt.
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For more about moose hunting in New Hampshire, including a list of check stations and a photo gallery of successful moose hunters, visit http://www.huntnh.com/Hunting/Hunt_species/hunt_moose.htm.
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