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Moose Hunt Quick Facts

  • Average dressed weight of all yearling bulls and cows taken in 2017 was 440 pounds and  475 pounds, respectively.   The average dressed weight of all bulls aged 5.5 and older in 2015 was 734 pounds while cows averaged 550 pounds.
  • The largest bull moose ever taken in NH weighed in at 1,040 pounds, dressed weight.  Live weight of this moose was approximately 1,518 pounds.  The largest cow ever taken in NH dressed at 815 pounds, live weight would be approximately 1190. These two animals came from Wildlife Management Unit (WMU) A2 and both were taken in 1993.
  • Greatest antler spread measurement for a moose taken in New Hampshire was 68.5 inches. This bull was 12.5 years old, had 25 points and weighed 775 pounds dressed.  The antler beam diameter was 60mm.  This animal was taken in WMU A2 in 2010. In 2017 average spread of bulls aged 5.5 years and older was 47.6 inches.
  • Moose have been taken with the use of conventional firearms and archery, handguns, muzzleloaders (including flintlocks) and longbowsIn 2017, 36 hunters took their moose using a rifle. The 30-06, 308 and 300 remained the post popular calibers used. One person took their moose using a 50 caliber muzzleloader.
  • Fifty-three percent (53%) of the total kill was taken within the first three days of the season. In addition, 76% of successful hunters took their moose between the hours of ½ hour before sunrise and 10 AM.
  • Eighty-two percent of successful hunters scouted. They spent an average of 55 hours scouting and 27 hours hunting; saw 0.09 moose/hour while scouting and 0.18 moose/hour while hunting, and 71% of successful hunters took their moose in the area they scouted.

 

REGION
AND WMU'S

CURRENT LEVEL1

2006-2016 OBJECTIVE

MANAGEMENT ACTION REQUIRED

CT. LAKES

A1, A2

1.94 2.24 GROWTH

NORTH
B, C2, D1

0.82 1.28 GROWTH

WHITE MOUNTAINS
C1, D2, E1, E2, E3, F

0.33 0.47 GROWTH

CENTRAL
G, H1, I1, I2, J1, J2

0.23 0.25 NONE

SOUTHWEST
H2N, H2S, K

0.21 0.23 NONE

SOUTHEAST
L, M

0.1 0.1 NONE

 

  • 1 Estimated moose density/mi2 extrapolated from moose seen per 100 hunter hours during the deer hunter mail surveys, 2016 & 2017.

 

2017 MOOSE SEASON SUMMARY BY ZONE

ZONE

PERMITS ISSUED PERMITS FILLED TOTAL HARVEST SUCCESS RATE ALL PERMITS # MOOSE SEEN PER HOUR HUNTED*
Either Sex Antlerless Either Sex Antlerless Bull Cow / Calves
A1 2 0 2 NA 1 1 100% 0.13
A2 8 0 6 NA 6 0 75% 0.16
B 7 0 7 NA 4 3 100% 0.33
C1 5 0 3 NA 1 2 60% 0.16
C2 5 0 3 NA 3 0 60% 0.08
D1 5 0 2 NA 0 2 40% 0.05
D2 2 0 2 NA 2 0 100% 0.19
E1 2 0 2 NA 1 1 100% 0.05+
E2 3 0 0 NA 0 0 0% 0.05+
E3 2 0 2 NA 1 1 100% 0.05+
F 2 0 2 NA 2 0 100% 0.17
G 1 0 1 NA 1 0 100% 0.22
H1 1 0 1 NA 1 0 100% 0.21
H2 N 0 0 NA NA NA NA NA NA
H2 S 0 0 NA NA NA NA NA NA
I1 1 0 1 NA 1 0 100% 0.2
I2 1 0 1 NA 1 0 100% 0.11
J1 1 0 1 NA 0 1 100% 0.13
J2 1 0 1 NA 0 1 100% 0.1
K 0 0 NA NA NA NA NA NA
L 3 0 0 NA 0 0 0% 0
M 2 0 0 NA 0 0 0% 0
 
TOTAL: 54 0 37 NA 25 12 69% 0.11

 

 

2017 MOOSE SEASON SUMMARY BY REGION

REGION PERMITS ISSUED PERMITS FILLED TOTAL HARVEST SUCCESS RATE All Permits # MOOSE SEEN PER HOUR HUNTED
Either Sex Antlerless Either Sex Antlerless   Bull Cow/Calves
CT LAKES 10 0 8 NA 7 1 80% 0.15
NORTH 17 0 12 NA 7 5 71% 0.14
WHITE MTNS 16 0 11 NA 7 4 69% 0.1
CENTRAL 6 0 6 NA 4 2 100% 0.1
SOUTHWEST 0 0 NA NA NA NA NA NA
SOUTHEAST 5 0 0 NA 0 0 0% 0
 
TOTAL: 54 0 37 NA 25 12 69% 0.11

 

1 Weighted Average
* Successful hunters only
+ All E units are reported together for observation rate