State proposes cutting 20 permits for 2017 moose hunt
Union Leader Staff |
February 15. 2017 10:46AM
Arianna Smith of Milan poses with the 625-pound bull with a 36-inch antler spread that she took during the opening weekend of New Hampshire's moose hunt in October 2016. (COURTESY)
CONCORD — State wildlife officials have proposed cutting the number of moose hunt permits from 71 issued last fall to 51 for the 2017 season.
The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department approved the suggested reduction during its February meeting.
The state has reduced moose hunt permits in recent years, noting the impact ticks and brainworm have had on the state’s moose population.
The proposal for the 2017 hunt would not allow permits for hunting in three zones in the southwest region where Fish and Game said the moose density has reached the cut-off threshold outlined in the state Moose Management Plan.
Fish and Game officials said in a news release that the plan will be discussed in public hearings yet to be scheduled.
Residents will also be able to submit written comments on the proposed reduction before the lottery is held on June 16.