PRELIMINARY RESULTS OF THE MAINE MOOSE SEASON (1980)
Maine's first moose hunt in 45 years was held 22-27 September 1980 in a 32,745 km2 area with an estimated population of 20,000 moose. Holders of 700 permits harvested 636 moose. All successful hunters were required to present the entire moose for registration and the collection of biological data. Thirty-five calves, 450 bulls, and 151 cows were registered. Age of the animals examined ranged from ½ to 17½ years and averaged 4.8 years. Other information collected included size, weight, reproductive status, antler measurements, and observations on general condition. Ninety percent of the hunters returned questionnaires with information on moose observations, hunting techniques, handling techniques, and preference for sex and age of moose hunted.
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