As the chart above shows, Minnesota hunters took 113 moose this year in the season that ran from Oct. 2-17. A total of 213 licenses were issued, putting the success rate at 53 percent, right on par withe the past few years. Only bulls may be taken in the hunt.
Biologists believe Minnesota’s moose population is slowly declining. Global warming and disease are suspected as factors in the decline.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has been decreasing the number of permits available to hunters to keep the harvest at a biologically safe level. Biologists want to keep the total of state and tribal harvests at less than 5 percent of the entire moose population, said Tom Rusch, DNR area wildlife manager at Tower.