Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Important antlerless moose hunt on the block

The future of the GMU 20A (Tanana Flats south of Fairbanks) antlerless moose hunt -- a hunt that has produced 1,200 moose in the past two seasons -- may hang by the vote of a single advisory committee, according to Tim Mowry in the Fairbanks Daily News Miner. Mowry writes that most of the advisory committees have accepted the hunts, the Middle Nenana committee has registered some concerns.

Biologists believe the hunts are important, given that the population appears to have maxed out its habitat. "Biologists cite several factors that the herd is maxed out, such as declining twinning rates, smaller calves and low reproductive rates," Mowry wrote.

Affected advisory committees must approve antlerless moose hunts, according to state law.

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