He related the story of the lottery winner from Plaistow who went to North Conway and saw a moose just before the hunt.
“He never bumped into the moose again. He said, ‘I did see it, but it was the wrong day,’” McNulty said.
People associate moose with the state’s wooded North Country, which provides them ample food.
“But they’ve become quite prolific. We’ve had moose in Pelham and Salem,” Kopacz said. “I saw a moose on Route 28 in Salem. That was within the last couple of years.”
But McNulty said hunters are still more likely to get their moose up north, where they can more easily find food. “If a moose is here, he’s not going to stay.”
The moose lottery started in 1988. The state first awarded 75 permits.
Verville said the number of permits varies depending on the findings of biologists and how the state wants to manage the herd.
There have been years when as many as 675 were awarded.
The drawing is scheduled to start at 9 a.m.
Verville said the names of winning hunters will be posted on the Fish & Game website, wildlife.state.nh.us, as soon as 11 a.m.
Radio station WTPL-FM, 107.7, will air the lottery live.