Regular firearms season for deer hunting began Wednesday.
The firearms season extends through Dec. 4 (although it closes Nov. 27 in Wildlife Management Unit A). N.H. Fish and Game reports that the state's 2011 permit-only moose season wrapped up on Sunday, Oct. 23, and preliminary figures show 289 hunters succeeded in taking their moose during the nine-day season, in spite of being challenged by rainy, windy, warm conditions.
Hunters from 16 different U.S. states — including Arizona, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Nebraska, Iowa, Michigan and Washington — and the United Kingdom won permits to hunt moose in New Hampshire this year. About 85 percent of the permits went to New Hampshire residents.
Nearly 14,000 people entered this year's lottery for a chance to participate in the New Hampshire moose hunt. The 2012 moose hunt lottery opens in late January and runs through May 25, 2012.