Moose Season Application Deadline

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The application deadline for the 2002 Minnesota moose hunt is Friday, June 14. Applications may be made from any of the 1,800 statewide Electronic Licensing System vendors and from the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) License Center at 500 Lafayette Road in St. Paul.

This year, 208 permits are available in 30 zones in northeastern Minnesota. There is no hunting season in northwestern Minnesota. The season dates are Sept. 28 through Oct. 13.

Moose hunters must apply in parties of two to four individuals. An application fee of $3 per individual must be included with the application. Only Minnesota residents at least 16 years old are eligible for the moose hunt.

Permits are issued through a random drawing, except that applicants who have been unsuccessful at least 10 times since 1985 will be placed in a separate drawing for up to 20 percent of the available licenses. A person who is still unsuccessful in this separate selection will also be included in the regular drawing. Because the moose hunt became a "once-in-a-lifetime" hunt in 1991, hunters who received permits for moose hunts for the 1991 hunt and later are not eligible to apply for the 2002 drawing or for future moose hunt drawings.

The bag limit is one moose of any age or either sex per party. The license fee is $310 per party. An orientation session is mandatory for all hunters chosen for moose licenses.

In 2001, 3,164 parties applied for the 182 available state permits. State licensed hunters killed 108 bulls and 17 cows, for a party success rate of 69 percent.