Minnesota Halves Moose Permits
With the recent news that Minnesota's moose population is in decline, it comes as no surprise that the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has decided to reduce the number of available hunting permits for 2011. According to the Duluth News Tribune, the DNR has decided to reduce the number of available permits by half.
The DNR will issue 105 bull moose permits for the two-week hunt in October, down from 213 permits last year. DNR wildlife managers figure about half the hunting parties will kill a moose and say the reduction in hunter harvest is needed to help slow the decline of the northwoods icon, especially in restoring the balance of bulls to cows.