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MNR proposed Change to Moose Hunting in WMU #48 (2004)

Moose Gun Hunters
WMU # 48: 2003 May Be Your Last

Source. ( MNR Eastern Ontario Moose Management Round Table Final Report and Recommended Options
Moose gun hunters in Renfrew County WMU # 48 should enjoy their hunt this year because it may be their last for the next 9 years or more.
The Pembroke Office of the MNR has submitted the above report to change the Moose Tag Allocation System in WMU # 48 to include a Limited Calf Allocation Tag System (2004).
The Ontario Moose population has increased by 30 % since the Adult Moose Tag Allocation System was implemented with the exception of WMU # 48).
Why? The report suggests that high hunter success rates in WMU # 48 is a major contributor to the moose population decline, which now requires drastic changes to the present Ontario moose gun tag allocation system. This however is very surprising because past hunter success rates are suppose to be taken into consideration when determining annual moose tag allocations from the previous midwinter moose population data negating its effect on the resident moose population.
Historical tag allocation information is missing from the final report that would have identified a more probable cause for the high harvest rate in WMU # 48 other than hunter success. A review of past annual controlled moose tag allocation numbers indicate excess tags were made available every year in WMU # 48 with the exception of 2002 and 2003.
Their own research data in the report clearly shows this change is unnecessary. Suspect the self-serving need of some to have exclusive access to adult moose allocation tags may have resulted in an option being selected with a negative social economic impact to the whole community of up to
( 1 million dollars ) in lost revenues with the added bonus of the creations of an exclusive hunting access situation for those that are either not affected by the decision or have unrestricted access to the available adult tags. In 2002 there were 1900 moose gun hunters in WMU # 48 the change means that in 2004 their will only be about 260 moose gun hunters permitted and chances are you will never be one of them for the next 9 years or more.
**There is a very brief reference in the report to the 2002 Harvest Data, which supports the effectiveness of the present Ontario tag allocation system. The 2002 Harvest Trend Chart contained in the report indicates that the moose population may return to target population levels by 2015 on it’s own. This is confirmed when a comparison difference is done between the Non native 2002 Harvest Data and the Closed Moose Season Option presented in the report. It suggests that a 6.7 % annual population growth could be expected. (Average Provincial Growth Rate is 1.5%).
The Ontario Moose Tag Draw system requires a hunter to buy a moose hunting license in advance to be eligible to qualify for the chance to enter into the A / B pool tag selection process. Under the regulations if a hunter does not receive a bull or cow tag from the draw then they may still hunt for calves.
What if the present system of Ontario’s bull/cow tag allocations in WMU # 48 is not maintained? What will happen if a Limited Calf Allocation System is implemented?
The present Ontario’s Moose Tag Draw Rules requirements suggest that a majority of moose gun hunters in WMU # 48 will have to purchase a moose license and will not be permitted to use in WMU # 48. Considering past historical moose gun hunter numbers in WMU # 48 the probability of getting one of the limited number of gun tags under the new Calf Allocation System translates means 1600 hundred WMU # 48 moose gun hunters will not be permitted to gun hunt moose in WMU # 48 over the next 9 years.
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