Moose Hunting News

North Dakota's Moose, Elk and Bighorn Sheep Seasons Set

North Dakota’s 2012 moose, elk and bighorn sheep proclamation has been finalized and applications are available at the State Game and Fish Department’s website. The deadline for applying is March 28.

A total of 301 elk licenses are available to hunters this fall, 200 fewer than last year.

Aggressive Moose in Urban Areas of Alaska

The Alaska Wildlife Troopers and the Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) are receiving numerous calls regarding aggressive or “fearless” moose in urban areas. Deep snow restricts moose movements and limits food availability. Higher than normal numbers of moose are appearing on roadways, trails, school yards, parking lots, and other locations where snow has been removed. These moose are not easily driven off or avoided. Additionally, during a winter like this when potential food resources are limited, moose can be nutritionally stressed and become very agitated and aggressive.

North Dakota's 2011 Bighorn Sheep, Moose and Elk Harvests

Harvest statistics released by the North Dakota Game and Fish Department show overall hunter success during the 2011 season for bighorn sheep was 100 percent, 88 percent for moose and 50 percent for elk.

Four bighorn sheep units were open in 2011. Game and Fish issued one license in unit B1/B2, two licenses in unit B3, and two licenses in unit B4. One additional auction license holder was able to hunt any open area. All six hunters tagged adult rams.

Minnesota's Moose Population Continues to Decline; Hunting Season to Be Evaluated

Minnesota’s moose population continues to decline, dropping from an estimate of 4,900 in 2011 to 4,230 in 2012, according to the annual aerial survey by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

“Estimates from the survey and results from research using radio-collared moose both indicate that the population has been declining in recent years,” said Mark Lenarz, DNR forest wildlife group leader.

Minnesota’s moose population was estimated at 8,840 in 2006 and has trended downward since then.

Antlerless Moose Hunts for Alaska's GMU 14A for Fall 2012 Cancelled

The Alaska Department of Fish & Game has cancelled all antlerless moose hunts in GMU 14A for the 2012 moose hunting season due to high numbers of moose deaths caused by deep snow.

February 29 is Wyoming's Deadline for Moose, Bighorn Sheep and Mountain Goat Applications

Hunters interested in entering the drawing for moose, bighorn sheep, and mountain goat licenses are reminded that applications must be received in the Cheyenne office by 5 p.m. Feb. 29.

Vermont F&W Board Gives Preliminary Approval for Moose Season

Fish & Wildlife Board sets permits numbers for 2012 moose season, board gives preliminary approval for 385 permits.

A total of 385 permits will be issued for Vermont’s 20th annual regular October moose season under a proposal the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Board gave preliminary approval to on Wednesday.

The board voted unanimously on a proposal presented by Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department biologists that allocates permits in 17 of the state’s 26 Wildlife Management Units.

Antler Gathering Course Now Online in Utah

Gathering antlers that drop off the heads of deer, elk and moose is an activity that's grown in popularity across the country, including here in Utah. The challenge with shed-antler gathering is that it happens during the worst time of the year for the animals and the habitat the animals rely on in the winter.

Additional Temporary Closure on Moose Hunting Put in Place in Eastern Manitoba

Manitoba Conservation and Water Stewardship advises it is temporarily closing all moose hunting in strategic areas north of Pine Falls and south of Bissett.  The closure comes a year after licensed hunting was closed in Game Hunting Area (GHA) 26.

Moose populations have declined by almost 50 per cent in this part of the province since 2006.  This temporary closure is being put in place to ensure sustainable populations into the future.

2012 New Hampshire Moose Hunt Lottery Opens!

It's time to try your luck on the adventure of a lifetime -- hunting moose in New Hampshire.  The state's 2012 moose hunt lottery is now open.  Entering costs $15 for New Hampshire residents and $25 for nonresidents.