BEMIDJI, Minn. (AP) — Officials of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources say they likely will cut the number of moose hunting permits in half for this fall’s moose season.

That follows the latest moose population survey, which shows moose numbers continuing to decline in northeast Minnesota.

Last year, 212 permits were issued for the bulls-only moose season. Minnesota Public Radio News reports the DNR is expected to reduce that to a little more than 100 permits for the season that starts in October.

DNR area wildlife manager Tom Rusch in Tower says there is no clear answer why the moose population is declining.

Rusch tells MPR he also doesn’t expect reducing the number of hunting permits will have much impact on the decline.

The DNR says final moose permit numbers are not confirmed yet.

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Comments (7)
  1. Shane G says:

    They should cut them to ZERO and not allow it at all.

  2. TW says:

    What kind of kill numbers are coming out of the Grand Portage land? I know they control their land but do they account for a percentage of the drop also? If any Grand Portage members can comment that would be good. Not downing what band members do under their sovereign rights but do GP folks cut back also?

  3. bubba136 says:

    If numbers have dropped so bad,why are they still allowing hunting of them ????

  4. Yvonne says:

    They allow the hunting of them because the sale of permits is what helps pay their salaries!

  5. cybersafari says:

    not sure about GP folks, but wolves have not been cutting back

  6. Randy says:

    Close the season on Moose and open up a season on Timber Wolves. The DNR would hate to admnit to the real reason for the decline.

  7. Todd says:

    You have to be an idiot if you can’t figure out why there is a decline of Moose. Minnesota has the highest number of timber wolves of the lower 48 states. Only the MN DNR, will sway there data so that it looks like the wolves are not effecting the population. Our DNR is out of control in game and land management. If you don’t think that is a true statement, just take a look at the decline of doe permit around the state because of poor management in the past.

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