DNR officials reduce moose permits in northeastern zone
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) reminds hunters that the application period for the fall bull moose hunt ends Friday, May 6. The hunt is open only to Minnesota residents age 10 and older.
Moose season opens Saturday, Oct. 1, and concludes Sunday, Oct. 16. This year, 105 licenses will be available in northeastern Minnesota, down from the 213 permits issued in 2010.
Information regarding the 2011 bull moose hunt is available on the DNR website. The website includes information on moose zone boundaries and license numbers for each zone.
The DNR encourages those interested in applying for a moose license to read the information prior to making an application. Many of the moose zones are in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, which has motorized access restrictions.
Hunters may apply for a license at any DNR license agent or at the DNR License Center at 500 Lafayette Road in St. Paul. Moose hunters must apply in parties from two to four individuals, and the license fee is $310 per party. An application fee of $3 per individual must be included with the application.
Permits are issued through a random drawing. However, applicants who have been unsuccessful at least 10 times since 1985 will first be placed in a separate drawing for up to 20 percent of the available licenses.
Hunters who remain unsuccessful in the separate selection process also will be included in the regular drawing.
Because the moose hunt became a once-in-a-lifetime hunt in 1991, hunters who received permits for moose hunts for the 1991 hunt and later are not eligible to apply for the 2011 drawing.
The DNR will hold mandatory orientation sessions required for all hunters chosen for moose licenses.
In 2010, licensed hunters harvested 109 bull moose, for a party success rate of 51 percent.