Vermont moose hunters had a successful hunting season according to the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department. An archery moose hunt was held October 1-7, and the regular moose hunt was October 20-25.
“A preliminary count shows that by November 5, the department had received official reports of 17 moose being taken by 50 hunters in the archery season, and 205 moose taken by 385 hunters in the regular season,” said Cedric Alexander, Vermont’s moose project leader. A few additional reports are still expected to be sent in from other reporting agents.
“Vermont’s moose population is being managed scientifically, according to a plan developed on sound wildlife biology and input from the public,” said Alexander. “We are pleased that licensed hunters achieved the target moose harvest in Wildlife Management Unit-E1, which was the final WMU where we still needed to reduce moose numbers to come in balance with their habitat.”
This was Vermont’s 20th moose hunting season in modern times, the first occurring in 1993 when 30 permits were issued and 25 moose were taken by hunters.
Vermont Fish & Wildlife reports that 1,191 residents and 467 nonresidents entered Vermont’s 2012 archery moose permit lottery, and an 8,279 residents and 2,324 nonresidents entered the regular moose season lottery.
A final report on Vermont’s moose hunting season will be issued in January when all of the 2012 data have been received and reviewed.