DETERMINING QUOTAS FOR A MOOSE SELECTIVE HARVEST IN NORTH CENTRAL ONTARIO
A 1983 moose harvest quota of 3,477 was established for 14 Wildlife Management Units (149,811 km.2) in the North Central Region of Ontario. Quotas were based on the best estimate of the 1982 mid-winter population (27,750). A subjective methodology applying quantitative data including hunter numbers, harvests, individual hunter success rates and standardized aerial survey results was used to generate harvest quotas on a WMU basis. Harvest rates fell between 7.0 and 19.8% depending on population status. The harvest quota for each WMU was divided between the tourist industry and non-tourist industry on a Provincial ratio of 10:90, tempered with mean harvests experienced between 1975 and 1979. A ratio of 50% bulls, 20% cows and 30% calves was used to distribute the harvest quota among the three target age/sex categories. Modified 1975-79 mail survey projected hunter success rates formed the basis upon which licence quotas were determined. A total of 19,194 adult moose licences (13,398 bull and 5,796 cow) were generated.
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