Moose Hunters Had A Successful Season

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Vermont moose hunters had a successful October hunting season according to the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department.

"A preliminary tally of results shows hunters took 639 moose with 1,046 hunting permits issued for this year's split season," said Cedric Alexander, the wildlife biologist who chairs Vermont's moose management team. "The success rate for the first, either-sex season was 66 percent, slightly above last year's rate of 65 percent. The second season was held in the Northeast Kingdom region to antlerless-only permit holders, and their success rate was 46 percent."

"Most importantly," Alexander added, "Vermont's moose population is being managed scientifically, according to a management plan developed on sound wildlife biology and input from the public. The moose population has been expanding in much of the state, while providing outdoor opportunities through hunting and wildlife watching."

This was Vermont's thirteenth moose hunting season in modern times, the first occurring in 1993 when 30 permits were issued and 25 moose were taken by hunters.

The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department reports that 10,944 residents and 2,147 nonresidents entered Vermont's moose permit lottery this year. Vermont's pre-hunt moose population was estimated at about 5,000 with moose now found almost statewide.