Burin Penin­sula moose hunt­ing sea­son in full swing

The Southern Gazette - - Sports - BY AL­LAN STOODLEY GRAND BANK, N.L.

The 2018 moose hunt­ing sea­son on the Burin Penin­sula opened Satur­day, Oct. 6, with many hun­ters al­ready en­joy­ing suc­cess.

On open­ing day, Troy Trimm of Grand Bank along with his fa­ther-in-law Clyde But­ler bagged two fine bull moose in the Monkstown area with Trimm’s large an­i­mal tip­ping the scales at 550 pounds dressed and sport­ing a 19-point rack.

Typ­i­cally most of the an­i­mals are har­vested dur­ing the first two weeks of Oc­to­ber dur­ing “the rut” when the bulls are most ram­bunc­tious. This is the time when both the bulls and the cows will of­ten come to a hunter’s moose-call to check out a po­ten­tial mate.

There are two dif­fer­ent moose hunt­ing ar­eas on the Penin­sula; #30 — Burin Penin­sula Knee and #38 — Burin Penin­sula Foot. The 2018 sea­son for both zones are the same, Oct. 6 – Dec. 31.

This year a to­tal of 450 li­censes have been issued for “the Knee” while 270 li­censes have been handed out for “the Foot”.

The over­all to­tal of li­censes issued to res­i­dents on the is­land of New­found­land this year is 24,830. An­other 370 li­censes The bull moose Troy Trimm of Grand Bank bagged on open­ing day, Oct. 6, is one he can right­fully brag about. The big boy weighed in at 550 pounds dressed weight and sported a very re­spectable 19-point rack. Trimm along with his fa­ther-in-law Clyde But­ler were hunt­ing in the Monkstown area.

have been issued to “char­i­ta­ble/not for profit” or­ga­ni­za­tions by the pro­vin­cial Wildlife Di­vi­sion while 130 have been awarded by Parks Canada.

It is in­ter­est­ing to note that of all the dif­fer­ent “moose man­age­ment ar­eas” in this prov­ince the Burin Penin­sula Foot con­sis­tently en­joys the high­est over­all suc­cess ra­tio. Last sea­son, 2017, the suc­cess rate of moose hun­ters on “the Foot” was 84.4 per­cent. “The Knee” also en­joyed a re­spectable hunter suc­cess rate of 74.2 per­cent, also one of the high­est in the prov­ince.

AL­LAN STOODLEY — SPE­CIAL TO THE SOUTH­ERN GAZETTE

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