The consistency of Granite State hunters in controlling the moose population is remarkable. Let's take a look at the success rate of this year's hunt.

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According to this WMUR-TV report, there were 39 moose taken during the 9 day stretch with a 75% success rate.

A quick check of the official website for NH Fish and Game reveals that this is right on the money as far as the statistical significance of this hunt.

The first hunt happened in The Granite State in 1988, 75 licenses were given out that year, and sure enough, the success rate that year was 76%

Moose are not generally aggressive towards human beings but they are one of the most lethal animals in the world because of their height and heft.

When a vehicle hits a moose at a high rate of speed, the passengers of that vehicle are far more likely to sustain serious injuries as the moose will quite often crash through the windshield.

Deer, for instance, will be hit far more often but they won't generally crash through the windshield nearly as much and their legs are nearly as long or sturdy.

There are approximately 500 moose related crashes in Northern New England every year, which is down more than 50% than it was in the late 1980's.

I can understand how people who are opposed to hunting may feel strongly about hunting an animal that is quite slow and unaggressive.

But the fact of the matter is, we are all much better off have these animals taken down by responsible hunters in a controlled and regulated manner, than struck down on our highways putting many human lives in jeopardy.

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