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Mar 15, 2016 11:37 AM

NH Fish and Game proposal calls for reducing moose hunting permits

The Associated Press

CONCORD (AP) — The number of New Hampshire moose hunting permits would decline next year under the state's Fish and Game proposal.

Under the proposal, 71 permits would be offered in next year's moose hunt lottery. Last year, 105 permits were offered.

New Hampshire has roughly 4,000 moose — about half the population from 10 years ago. The decline is due in large part to an increase in winter ticks.

Under the proposal, the Wildlife Heritage Foundation of New Hampshire can auction up to two permits. There would also be a Hunt of a Lifetime moose permit.

Another proposed change includes lengthening the fall turkey shotgun season from five to seven days.

Public hearings are scheduled for March 31 in Keene, April 4 in Concord and April 5 in Lancaster.

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