2010 bull moose hunting permit application deadline is May 7

Minnesota residents who wish to participate in the 2010 moose
hunt this fall in northeastern Minnesota must apply by Friday, May
7.

The Minnesota DNR will make 213 permits available in 30 zones.
Hunt participants will be selected in a random drawing. Season
dates will be Saturday, Oct. 2, through Sunday, Oct. 17. Hunters
may apply at any DNR license agent or at the DNR License Center at
500 Lafayette Road in St. Paul.

“The moose season will continue because the few bulls that are
taken annually do not significantly contribute to overall moose
mortality,” said Lou Cornicelli, DNR big game coordinator. “We
allocate moose licenses very conservatively and anticipate only
about 100 will be harvested this fall by state hunters.”

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 of age,
are eligible for the moose hunt. Only bull moose may be
harvested.

Hunters who received permits for moose hunts in 1991 and later
are not eligible. The license fee is $310 per party. Attendance at
an orientation is mandatory for all hunters.

The Moose Advisory Committee, which the DNR convened to make
recommendations regarding research and management of Minnesota’s
moose population, recommended that declines in long-term harvest
success rates and the bull-cow ratio be considered before
eliminating the bulls-only moose hunting season. Neither factor has
declined to a level that falls outside the committee’s
recommendations.

DNR wildlife researchers estimate that there are about 5,500
moose in northeastern Minnesota. Data collected during the 2010
aerial survey suggests that there is approximately one bull to
every cow, creating a population ratio that results in a high
percentage of cows being bred each fall.

In 2009, there were 225 state bull-moose permits issued.
Licensed hunters harvested 103 bull moose for a party success rate
of 46 percent.

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