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Hunters Kill 54 Moose In Annual Minnesota Hunt

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DULUTH, Minn. (AP) – Fewer permits were issued for Minnesota’s moose hunt this season, but the hunters who got the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to kill a moose had a higher success rate than previous years.

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources says 54 moose were killed in the annual hunt ending Sunday. DNR area wildlife manager Tom Rusch says 94 parties took part in the two-week hunt in northeastern Minnesota and had a success rate of 58 percent. In recent years, the percentage of hunters taking a moose varied from 42 percent to 52 percent.

The Duluth News Tribune says the DNR reduced the number of permits available by about half this year because of the declining moose population. Hunters apply for permits in groups of two to four people.

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