This year, a record 16,779 people entered New Hampshires 2007 moose hunt lottery for a chance to be offered one of the 675 permits issued to hunt moose in the Granite State. So, when Queensbury resident Mike Sylvia found out hed been selected during the June 20 drawing, he was thrilled to say the least. Even more exciting was the fact that hed been chosen for management unit A1, an area in northern New Hampshire along the Canadian border, where the average 10-year success rate hovers near 90 percent. Accompanied by long-time hunting partner Steve Fairchild, Sylvia scouted the area two weeks prior to the Oct. 20 opener. New Hampshire's moose hunt is nine days, starting the third Saturday in October. This year's hunt took place from October 20-28. We found a couple very promising spots, Sylvia said. Unfortunately, there were other hunters in those areas on opening morning. So the duo moved to a new clear cut they had noticed during their scouting, and made there way slowly along a skidder road. Fifteen minutes into the hunt, a large bull stepped out. I took him at 60 yards with a 30-06, Sylvia said. Then the fun really began. Mike opted to hire two locals to help get the bull to the road. No easy task. The bull dressed at 645 lbs, had a 42.5 spread, and was 5.5 years old. They brought a chainsaw winch, an old truck, and 1,000 feet of cable. It still took us 4 hours to go 300 yards, he said. Then we transported the moose home whole. We got plenty of curious looks from people. It was a great experience all around. Moose permits in New Hampshire are more difficult to acquire than in neighboring Vermont. Just 675 moose permits were issued in 2007, with 120 going to out-of-staters. Your odds of being drawn by computerized random are 1 in 55. Vermont issued 1,250 permits last year - 10 percent of which went to non-residents. But the odds to score a moose are also greater In New Hampshire. New Hampshire has a population of about 7,000 moose, compared to Vermonts 5,000. Both states have a bonus point system for hunters that apply and do not receive a permit. For every year you are unsuccessful, you will receive one bonus point. Each point gives you an additional chance at a permit. To keep your bonus points, you must apply every year. For more about moose hunting in New Hampshire, visit http://www.wildlife.state.nh.us/Hunting/Hunt_species/hunt_moose.htm . Leftover management permits available
For those who didnt take advantage of obtaining a deer management permit by the Oct. 1 deadline, the DEC is reopening the application process beginning Nov 1. Permits will be issued on a first-come, first served basis until the leftover permits are gone. Permits are available in the following wildlife management units: 1C, 3S (bowhunting-only), 8A, 8F, 8G, 8H, and 9A. Hurry in to any DEC license sales outlet, because there are a limited number of permits available. Hunting fatality
The first hunting fatality of the season has unfortunately occurred in the town of Brasher, St. Lawrence County. According to early police reports Eric Gibbs, age 36, shot and killed Donald Prashaw, age 55. Gibbs was reportedly attempting to drive deer to Prashaw when he shot him. Gibbs was charged with criminally negligent homicide and criminal possession of a weapon in the fourth degree meaning he wasnt legally entitled to possess a firearm. The investigation was continuing as of press time.