Still, it will likely go down as the third highest harvest on record, exceeded only by last year’s harvest of 106 moose and the 2009 record harvest of 109 moose. The harvest slowed down in the last week of the hunt with 14 moose killed October 6-15.
Thirteen of the total 97 bulls taken this year were illegal and had to be forfeited to the state which then donated the meat to charities. The hunt follows antler restrictions which are in place to protect middle age breeding males to continue the species.
The moose hunt covers several units: the Unit 1-B mainland, the Unit 3 islands, and the extreme southern portion of Unit 1-C, also on the mainland. The harvest breaks down like this:
Kupreanof Island 39 (includes 4 illegal)
Stikine River 21 (includes 2 illegals)
Mitkof Island 16 (includes 4 illegals)
Thomas Bay 9 (includes 1 illegal)
Kuiu Island 3 (includes 1 illegal)
Farragut Bay 3
Etolin Island 1
Virginia Lake 1
Woewodski (Woh-wode-ski) Island 1
Wrangell Island 1
Wrangell Mainland 1
Zarembo Island 1 ( illegal)
The season ran September 15 through October 15.
Fish and Game is encouraging hunters to complete and submit their moose hunt reports as soon as possible while it’s still fresh in their minds. All those who obtained a moose permit must submit a hunt report, even if they did not hunt.