25 percent success rate in first weekend of N.H. moose hunt
New Hampshire’s annual moose hunt is on, with about 1 in 4 hunters bagging a moose in the first two days, according to the state Fish and Game Department.
Sixty-nine moose – 44 bulls and 25 cows – were killed Saturday and Sunday, the department said yesterday in a news release. That’s a roughly 25 percent success rate, since 275 permits were issued for this year’s hunt.
“Saturday was far too warm, with temperatures hitting 75 degrees in places. Moose are already equipped with heavy winter coats, so they tend to bed down in the shade and are much less visible,” said Kristine Rines, the department’s moose biologist, in a statement. “Luckily, Sunday was cooler, so that helped.”
The largest moose recorded so far, according to the agency: a bull with a dressed weight of 790 pounds and a 57.75-inch antler spread, taken in Success by Terri Dexter of Monroe.
The nine-day hunt runs through Sunday.