Moose Hunt Proves Successful

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Vermont's tenth moose hunting season in modern times was highly successful according to the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department. The number of hunting permits issued for the October 19-22 season was 365, and hunters took 221 moose for a success rate of 60 percent.

"The success rate is about what we expected due to opening five new wildlife management units this year," said wildlife biologist Cedric Alexander. "The additional units opened for hunting were B, J2, L, M1, and P - all in northwestern and southern Vermont."

Moose hunting permits also were significantly increased in wildlife management units E1, E2 and D2, all in the Northeast Kingdom. A smaller increase in permits went to units C,D1 and H1.

Robert Dewey of Bennington shot a moose with a 30-point record rack measuring 65 inches from tip to tip. Dewey got the moose in Woodford, which is located in wildlife management unit P, opened for the first time this season.

The heaviest moose was a 938-pound bull with 19 antler points and a 61-inch spread, taken in Norton by Chris Carroll of Jeffersonville.

Vermont's first moose hunt in over a century was held in 1993 when 30 hunting permits were issued and 25 moose were tagged by hunters. The number of permits increased over the years as the moose population grew to an estimated 4,000 statewide in 2002.

"An estimated 32 tons of boneless moose meat was harvested during the four-day hunting season," said Alexander.

"Vermont's moose population is being managed with controlled numbers of hunting permits being issued for different wildlife management units - all according to Vermont's moose management plan which was built on scientific data and public input."