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NH officials open annual moose permit lottery

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CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - New Hampshire Fish and Game officials are now accepting registrations for the annual moose hunting lottery.

Wildlife officials expect the number of permits being raffled off will be significantly lower than in past years, due to the state's dwindling moose population.

Last year, more than 13,000 people entered to win one of 275 permits that were awarded in June. This year the number of permits issued may be as low as 124. The number will be finalized after public hearings in March and April.

The lottery application fee is $15 for New Hampshire residents and $25 for non-residents.

Applications must be postmarked or submitted online by May 30.

The computerized drawing will be held at Fish and Game headquarters in Concord on June 20.

Moose hunting season is Oct. 18-26.

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