The Vermont Fish &Wildlife Department says a preliminary count at the end of October revealed that hunters harvested 40 moose in this year’s regulated hunting seasons.
Hunters reported eight moose taken by 18 hunters in the Oct. 1-7 archery season and 32 moose by 70 hunters in the Oct. 21-26 regular season, said Cedric Alexander, Vermont’s moose project leader. Some additional figures may still be sent in from other reporting agents.
Permits were issued for bulls only in 16 of Vermont’s 21 Wildlife Management Units in order to increase population growth. The statistics also indicate a hunter success rate of 46 percent, state officials reported, virtually unchanged from 45 percent last year.
A final report on Vermont’s moose hunting season will be available in January.