Moose Season Called Off in Some Parts of Manitoba

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Due to concern about the decreasing moose population, the 2011 season has been called off in some areas of Manitoba. Conservation Minister Bill Blaikie decided to call off the season in the Porcupine Mountains after aerial reports from the year show a decline in population indicators. Every step in management is made to help the sustainability of the herd.

Not only is the season being called off in some areas, but some areas will be closed to the public, with movement towards controlling natural predators as well. If hunters are concerned, they can get a refund or ask for a season change, draw dates have been changed from July 16th to August 3rd, from Global Winnipeg.

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ndemiter's picture

i've talked with a few

i've talked with a few alaskan biologists in alaska and they seem to think that wildfire might be an effective management tool to bring back the declining moose population there as well. because even though moose smell like evergreen, doesn't mean they eat it.

i'm wondering if this isn't the case in manitoba as well.

i did a ton of research about hunting alaska and where i could find a good area to hunt moose. i talked to biologists, i had experience hunting them in the past, but i found that over all, moose success is very low. 12-20% in most areas. i don't know how many of those individuals were hunting hard, or maybe they were only hunting roads, but that kind of low success rate is frightening when you spend about $600 on your tag and license. when you factor in the travel cost, the time off work, you've spent at least $5000 and all for a 20% chance? i bought the tag, but eventually talked myself out of the hunt alltogether, wich was wise in hindsight. but a big part of me wishes i would have just gone anyways.

hopefully, in the near future, the populations will bounce back and i'll get the oppertunity to hunt moose when they are at their peak.

hunter25's picture

Well it's good to see that

Well it's good to see that they are quickly taking steps to get thigs under control but it really concerns me all the reports like this lately. Here in the states the weather fromm severe winters the last few years and the effect of predators have really taken a toll. Now I'm starting to see many different reports coming from Canada as well. I'm not sure what is causing the declines up there as they always seem to have harder winters than we do for obvious reasons.

Hopefully this trend can be reversed and the herd will bounce back to the levels we have always enjoyed reading about. It has always been just reading for me but some of these guys get to enjoy this as a yearly traditional hunt just like deer hunting for most of us. For them this is a much more serious matter.