Moose hunt applications available

No elk hunt this year

DNR Reports

St. Paul Moose hunting will resume in northeastern Minnesota
this fall for the first time since 1999, according to the DNR. The
2000 northeast Minnesota moose hunt was canceled as an efficiency
measure during a time of budget and staff shortages. The northwest
moose hunt has been closed since 1997 because of low
populations.

Beginning the week of May 21, Minnesota residents may apply for
the 2001 moose hunt. Moose hunt applicants must apply through the
Electronic Licensing System, available at more than 1,700 agents
statewide, plus the DNR License Center in St. Paul. The application
deadline is Friday, June 15.

This year 182 permits are available in 29 zones in northeastern
Minnesota. Season dates are Sept. 29 through Oct. 14. No moose
hunting permits will be offered for zones in northwest Minnesota.
Moose populations there remain low, although winter surveys suggest
that the population decline of the past several years may be
leveling off.

Moose hunters may 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 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.
The moose hunt is a “once-in-a-lifetime” so hunters who received
permits for moose hunts for the 1991 hunt and later are not
eligible. The license fee is $310 per party. There will be
mandatory orientation sessions required for all hunters chosen for
moose licenses.

In 1999, 189 parties took 136 moose in northeast zones for a 72
percent success rate. The harvest included 101 bulls and 35 cows. A
total of 3,919 parties consisting of 10,055 individuals applied for
moose hunting licenses in 1999.

No elk hunt

The DNR also has announced there will be no elk season in
northwest Minnesota this year. According to Paul Telander, manager
of the DNR Thief Lake Wildlife Management Area, aerial surveys
conducted last February, along with additional elk observations,
indicate that the herd is within the range of its goal population
of 20 to 30 adult animals.

The Grygla elk herd spends most of its time within the DNR’s
Thief Lake work area. In recent years, elk hunting has been
permitted within this 56 square-mile area of mixed woodlands, brush
lands and farm fields between Grygla and Gatzke, southeast of the
Thief Lake WMA and east of the Agassiz National Wildlife Refuge in
eastern Marshall and northwest Beltrami counties.

In recent years, hunters have harvested 13 elk out of a total of
17 permits issued during three seasons held in late fall of 1996 to
1998. Eight elk were taken in 1996, while three were harvested in
1997 and two in 1998. Five of the 13 elk were yearling or mature
bulls, while the remaining animals were cows or calves.

For more information about the Minnesota elk herd, contact the
Thief Lake WMA Headquarters at (218) 222-3747.

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