MANITOBA'S SECOND EXPERIMENTAL MOOSE HUNT ON HECLA ISLAND
A second controlled moose hunt in the fall of 1979 on Hecla Island in central Manitoba was used as a management tool to reduce the size of the moose population. This season had 3 components, namely a fall archery season for 150 hunters and 2 1-week early winter rifle seasons for 75 hunters each week. Bow hunters harvested 3 moose while 35 were taken in the rifle seasons. Details of examinations carried out for parasites, other anomalies, blood characteristics, reproduction and data relative to live and dressed weights and ages are presented. Appropriate comparisons are made with data collected in 1978 and with similar data from other areas in the province. An economic analysis of the hunt capitalized the value of a moose based on consumptive use as $1,173.10.
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