While Fish and Game collected information on record fish as far back as 1911, the Trophy Fish Program began in the 1970s.
All successful applicants receive a “Trophy Fish” shoulder patch. The person who caught the largest fish in each species category, kept or released, is presented with a special certificate. There are 21 freshwater and seven saltwater species categories for both kept and released fish. All ages, all legal methods of angling, and all areas of the state are represented each year.
Of the 81 Trophy Fish Program entrants, 13 of these lucky anglers were under 20 years old. A listing of all entries, application forms, rules, records and winners from past years can be found at fishnh.com/Fishing/trophy/index.html.
Enter now for a chance to hunt moose
CONCORD — The lottery is open for New Hampshire’s 2014 moose hunt. Enter soon and try your luck on what many consider the adventure of a lifetime. Lottery applications are $15 for New Hampshire residents, $25 for nonresidents.
To enter, visit huntnh.com/Hunting/Hunt_species/hunt_moose.htm, where you can apply online or get a mail-in application. Pick up a lottery application from any Fish and Game license agent or at the Fish and Game Department in Concord.
Moose hunt lottery applications for 2014 must be postmarked or submitted online by midnight May 30. Winners will be selected through a computerized random drawing on June 20.
In 2013, more than 13,000 people entered the lottery for the chance to win one of 275 permits. Hunters from 18 different states won permits, but the majority of permits (about 85 percent) go to New Hampshire residents.
The number of permits being offered in the 2014 lottery is expected to be lower than last year. The exact number of permits for this fall’s hunt is not final, but the proposal under consideration is for a total of 124 moose hunting permits to be issued statewide.
While permit numbers will likely be reduced in 2014, hunters’ chance of being drawn and offered a permit in the lottery will be improved if they rank all wildlife management units on their application. This year’s hunt runs Oct. 18-26.