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Not Everyone Shot A Moose In N.H.’s 1st Hunt Since 1901

October 26, 1988

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) _ Shirley Dupuis and her husband hardly spoke a word to each other on the 3 1/2 -hour ride home. The exhilaration of three days earlier had turned into gloom in the woods of northern New Hampshire.

They failed to get a moose.

″It’s all over but the crying,″ she said this week following New Hampshire’s first moose hunt since 1901. She was among the 75 chosen by lottery for the hunt. Fifty-seven hunters got a moose.

They weren’t alone in their failure, ″but it sure feels like it,″ said Mrs. Dupuis, 34. ″My husband took it pretty hard,″ she said.

They had done all the right things: they scouted the area and saw moose before the hunt, and when the season started, they hunted from sunrise to sunset. But they never glimpsed one of the huge animals during the hunt.

″You’ve just got to be in the right place at the right time,″ she said.

New Hampshire wildlife officials decided to hold the hunt because of pressure from hunters who said the herd was on the rebound. More than 4,000 moose are in the state, according to estimates.

One protest against the hunt was held, but only about a dozen people attended. State officials have scheduled a larger hunt next year.

Leslie Reed, 57, of Concord, and his partner, Ron Clair, had no luck in bagging a moose either.

″I thought for sure, I could almost guarantee we’d get one,″ Reed said.

″We did a lot of scouting and saw a lot of moose,″ Reed said. When the hunt began last Tuesday, they saw a huge bull about 700 yards away shortly after sunrise. But when they tried to sneak up on him, he was gone.

Then on Friday, the day after the hunt ended, two moose walked into their camp.

All Reed could do was lift his camera instead of his gun.