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Warm Weather Keeps Moose Hunt Numbers Low

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Warm temperatures and windy conditions kept the success rate down a bit for the first weekend of New Hampshire's moose hunting season.New Hampshire Fish and Game says 18 percent of the 281 hunters who received permits bagged moose during the hunt's opening weekend, down from 25 percent last year. Moose biologist Kristine Rines says with their heavy winter coats, moose often bed down in the shade during warmer weather, causing them to not be as active.

The largest moose checked in during the weekend was a bull with a dressed weight of 820 pounds and a live weight of 1,200 pounds. It was taken by Dan Nocella of Laconia in Dixville.

The nine-day hunt continues through Oct. 27.

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