Friday, September 30, 2005
Big game hunters hold Montana’s vigorous moose population in high regard. This year 23,461 hunters applied to be in the drawing for a moose license—21,467 of them resident and 1,994 nonresident hunters. From among this pool of applicants, only 587 hunters succeed in getting a license—575 residents and 12 nonresidents. That is 2.5 percent chance of drawing a moose tag.
Based on past statistics, more than 80 percent of this year's moose hunters will be successful. Bull moose make up about 70-75 percent of the harvest and 25-30 percent are antlerless moose.
Montana produces a good moose. Since the 1930’s when records were first kept, 145 Montana moose have surpassed the Boone & Crockett minimum score of 155. That score is a combination of the width and length of the antler palm and the number of points on the edge of the antlers.
Since 2000, 19 moose have been recorded at or above the minimum score of 155. The largest male moose on record in Montana weighed 1,117 pounds.