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odds of moose tag in new england

My wife wants to start applying for a moose tag somewhere in new england in hopes of one day getting the chance to hunt moose. Where is best to put in? I know thats a vague question but she isnt after a 50 inch bull or anything like that. What state, unit, etc?
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Re: odds of moose tag in new england

A few years back I read there was a much better chance sending to New Hampshire vs Maine.
I have send 20+ years to Maine and still no tag!!

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Re: odds of moose tag in new england

Hi Chris:

Not sure what your budget is on this hunt but here is a Newfoundland hunt to consider: http://www.premierhuntingadventures....-fly-in-hunts/

$4100 for a 7 day hunt that includes meals, lodging, license, 1x1 guiding and the float plane flight! Top this off with guaranteed licenses and a 95%+ success rate on bulls and you have one heck of a deal.

No doubt this hunt can be done even cheaper in the states but you may never get drawn.

If you have any questions, give me a holler. BTW, I haven't shot the .243 yet but am itching to.

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Re: odds of moose tag in new england

New Hampshire has the best odds and both myself and my brother-in-law have both been drawn. Apply for the A, B, and C zones. I've held two Vermont Moose tags as well and my wife has also been drawn in Vermont once. Apply for E1, E2, and D2 for your best chance. Keep in mind Vermont's success rate has fallen below 50%. I took a large Cow on the third day last year because you don't see many moose in Vermont. You'll see lots of moose in northern New Hampshire however.
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Re: odds of moose tag in new england

To start, Ive printed out the application for NH.
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Re: odds of moose tag in new england

Sent in my first try for a license in N.H. Sent in for Maine too.

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Re: odds of moose tag in new england

I'll also be trying in N.H.
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Re: odds of moose tag in new england

I apply in Maine and New Hampshire every year. I have yet to draw in either State, but you've got to play to win. NH is a straight draw without bonus points. I think I recall that the draw odds for a nonresident are about 1 in 60 to 1 in 65 range. One chance for $25.
Maine uses bonus points which essentially are extra chances in the draw. The unusual thing about Maine is that they give you an extra point (chance in the draw) for each year that you are unsuccessful, but they also let nonresidents buy as many chances in the draw as they want. I don't buy a pile of chances each year, I usually limit myself to 6 which I think costs $35. You can enter with as few as 1, or you can buy them in blocks of 10 for $55 each.
Generally speaking, the moose population and success rates go up in each State as you head north. Both States publish the prior years success rates on their websites. Good luck to everyone!

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Re: odds of moose tag in new england

I've been applying to Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont. Last year I drew both a Maine tag and New Hampshire tag. It took me about 17 years to draw the Maine tag and only about 5 to draw the New Hampshire. I think this year will be years number 5 for Vermont, I haven't drawn that one yet. All three states use the bonus point system.

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Re: odds of moose tag in new england

i've been donateing to maine for to long but i'll do it again this year. last year i watched the drawing on line. i knew a guides kid got one first time he applied his dad tried every year. new hamp. lets you know how many pts. you have every year. maybe i'm bull headed thats why i keep trying. i only put in for bulls so that don't help same here with elk, nothing wrong with a cow just me good luck to all...later
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