October 18, 2012 | Volume 42, No. 42

Moose hunt bags 22 bulls

Area hunters took 22 moose, including three illegal kills, during the recent, three-week susbsistence hunt.

The harvest included 11 bulls with spiked or forked antler configurations, four with three brow tines on an antler and four with an antler spread of 50 inches or greater.

Aassistant area management biologist Stephanie Sell said the harvest started slow, perhaps due to high water that flooded areas.

Hunters reported seeing many moose, including cows and calves, a good sign for the local herd. Numbers of cows compared to bulls in a herd, an indicator of abundance, has been high in Haines, she said. “I don’t think we have any concern with numbers. We’ve got good numbers of cows.”

Biologists plan an aerial count aimed at determining the local herd population and the cow-bull ratio after the first snowfall.