Minnesota Moose Application Deadline Approaching

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The application deadline for the 2007 Minnesota moose hunt is Friday, May 4. Applications may be made at any of the 1,800 business statewide where hunting and fishing licenses are sold or at the DNR License Center, 500 Lafayette Road, St. Paul.

This year, 233 permits are available in 30 zones in the northeastern part of the state. The season will run from Sept. 29 through Oct. 14.

An interactive map of the moose hunting zones is available at www.dnr.state.mn.us.

The map contains information on the boundaries, physical fitness requirements and general ATV regulations for each zone.

Moose hunters must apply in parties from two to four individuals. An application fee of $3 per individual must be included with the application. Only Minnesota residents, at least sixteen years of age, 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 2007 drawing.

The bag limit is one antlered moose per party. The license fee is $310 per party. There will be mandatory orientation sessions required for all hunters chosen for moose licenses.

In 2006, 2,952 parties applied for the 279 available state permits. State licensed hunters killed 133 bulls and 28 cows, for a party success rate of 60 percent.