Moose count at 44 halfway through season


October 1, 2020

Photo courtesy of Blake Buotte

Blake Buotte poses with the first moose he ever harvested on Monday out Woodpecker Rd. He estimated the moose weighed anywhere from 450 to 500 pounds. Buotte said he has been moose hunting for 20 years, but didn't get lucky until Monday.

This year's moose harvest is on track to match 2018's harvest, with a combined moose count of 44 for Unit 3 and Unit 1B as of Wednesday, according to Fish and Game Area Biologist Frank Robbins.

Around this time of the season in 2018, 42 moose were harvested in both units. The average moose count between 2014 and 2017 at about halfway through the season was 58. Last year's moose harvest broke the five year average with 64 moose harvested around the halfway point of the season. Overall, last year's hunt set an area record with 123 moose harvested.

"Compared to last year, the harvest is a bit...

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