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Moose Hunters' Odds Are Good

Friday, October 28, 2005

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Large Bull Moose relaxing in a meadow.

Large Bull Moose


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.

Big game hunters hold Montana’s moose population in high regard and many seek the opportunity to hunt a moose. 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. Montana moose season is generally Sept. 15 to Nov. 27.

From among this year's pool of applicants, only 587 succeeded in getting a license—575 residents and 12 nonresidents. That is 2.5 percent chance of drawing a moose tag.

Montana produces some large 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.