Elliott and his father Adam Swanson with Adam’s moose from 2019 (Photo courtesy of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game)

With ten days gone in the month-long hunting season for moose in central Southeast Alaska, hunters have harvested 37 bull moose so far.

The most productive area has been Kupreanof Island, including five animals taken in the Kake area and another nine moose shot on the rest of that island.

Hunters on the Stikine River near Wrangell have harvested seven moose. Another six were taken on Kuiu Island, but that includes two that do not meet the state’s requirements for antler size or configuration.

The total as of Wednesday, September 25 also included two from Thomas Bay on the mainland near Petersburg, along with another two from other parts of the mainland. Three have been shot on Wrangell Island and three on Mitkof Island as well.

The season continues through October 15th. The past few years have seen hunt totals top 100 moose, with the record of 117 two years ago.