A good first step

New moose man­age­ment reg­u­la­tions for prov­ince

The Compass - - FRONT PAGE - BY DENISE PIKE

The odds of hun­ters be­ing able to get their moose this year is bet­ter than ever.

More moose hunt­ing li­cences and a longer sea­son to hunt on the is­land por­tion of the prov­ince are just a few of the changes, En­vi­ron­ment and Con­ser­va­tion Min­is­ter Char­lene John­son, an­nounced last week for this year’s big game hunt­ing sea­son.

John­son out­lined the new reg­u­la­tions, aimed at bet­ter manag­ing the prov­ince’s moose pop­u­la­tion, Mon­day March 22 in St. John’s.

The changes for the 2010 hunt­ing sea­son in­clude Sun­day hunt­ing, ( beginning on the first Sun­day in Oc­to­ber), 50 ad­di­tional non-profit moose li­cences ( from 150 to 200) and 2,154 new res­i­dent hunt­ing li­cences.

The in­creases re­flect the in­for­ma­tion gath­ered through trend data ( col­lected an­nu­ally from hunter li­cence re­turns), aerial sur­veys (con­ducted in sev­eral moose man­age­ment ar­eas), and ar­eas with lower suc­cess rates for har­vest­ing moose.

The in­tro­duc­tion of a longer hunt­ing sea­son by three weeks sup­ports the goal of max­i­miz­ing the num­ber of moose har­vested by en­cour­ag­ing hunt­ing in more re­mote or semi-re­mote ar­eas. It will also give hun­ters

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