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Alaska moose poacher fined $100,000 and 270 days Jail #archery

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska man who poached three moose and left most of the meat to rot has been sentenced to nine months in jail and fined more than $ 100,000.

Rusty Counts, 39, of Anchor Point, shot the moose near his community over two weeks in September. He pleaded guilty Nov. 6 to 21 misdemeanor wildlife counts and violations, including wanton waste, exceeding bag limits and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

Hunting regulations near the Kenai Peninsula community require moose to have antlers measuring 50-inches (127-centimeters) wide to be harvested. None of the three moose had the required spread, said Aaron Peterson, an assistant attorney general who prosecuted the case.

"The working theory is that he realized they were sublegal and decided not to stick around to salvage the meat," Peterson said Monday. He called the case one of the most egregious poaching events ever seen by Alaska state wildlife troopers.

Alaska officials take seriously the harvesting of moose and salvaging of meat, Alaska Department of Fish and Game spokesman Ken Marsh said.

A bull moose can weigh up to 1,600 pounds (725 kilograms) and feed a family for months with meat free of chemicals and hormones. A successful hunt is also a source of pride, Marsh said.

"It’s a really important part of our culture and tradition, and people take that seriously," he said.

The case began Sept. 2 with a tip to wildlife troopers that a sublegal moose with antlers of about 45 inches (114 centimeters) was shot and abandoned. Counts was the suspected shooter, witnesses said.

A second tip came in Sept. 14. A teacher reported a second dead moose shot the day before. The moose had an antler spread of just 25 inches, (63.5 centimeters), half the legal requirement. The teacher recognized one of the hunters, a former student, with an adult.

Troopers interviewed the boy, who is Counts’ nephew. He confirmed that his uncle had shot the two moose plus a third with a 26-inch (66-centimeter) antler spread on Sept. 7 when he was not with his uncle. Both hunters left their rifles in the woods Sept. 13 to avoid being caught, the boy said.

Troopers interviewed Counts, and he admitted shooting the three moose.

Jeff Selinger, a department of Fish and Game wildlife biologist in Soldotna, said the 50-inch antler requirement extends the hunting season and protects younger mature moose, ensuring that they will be around for future breeding.

Hunters can educate themselves on determining a legal moose by reading regulations and watching department videos. If there’s doubt, Sellinger recommends passing up the shot.

"You’re going to pass up some legal moose doing that, but you’re not going to shoot a sublegal moose," he said.

Peterson backed the hefty penalties for Counts as a deterrent to others. If Counts had salvaged meat from the first moose, he likely would have been penalized for a single hunting violation.

"That meat goes to shelters, food banks. It goes to people who need it," Peterson said. "Instead, we have three bull moose that fully go to waste."

Counts was fined $ 97,650 and ordered to pay $ 3,000 in restitution. He forfeited his rifle and an all-terrain vehicle and was sentenced to 270 days in jail.

"If you do the right thing in the field, this kind of thing doesn’t happen. But if you poach and leave moose, these are the appropriate sanctions, in the state’s view," Peterson said


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New study by renowned Minnesota scientist links wolf numbers to moose calf survival #archery

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Of course it’s the wolves.

Some people try to say that it’s parasites from deer that are killing moose or global warming, ticks, or whatever else…..if that’s the case, how is there a soon to be over-population of moose on Isle Royale, just 56 miles away, basically a moose utopia that is somehow un-effected by global warming, ticks, or parasites?

Sure the parasites from deer that are transferred from moose shouldn’t be on Isle Royale because there aren’t deer there. But these parasites come from the ground and attach to deer and moose, obviously they should be at Isle Royale also.

https://www.twincities.com/2018/01/3…calf-survival/

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New study by renowned Minnesota scientist links wolf numbers to moose calf survival

By JOHN MYERS | Forum News Service

PUBLISHED: January 30, 2018 at 9:56 am | UPDATED: January 30, 2018 at 1:20 pm

In yet another effort to untangle the mystery behind Minnesota’s diminished moose population, renowned wolf researcher David Mech is reporting a stark correlation between wolf population levels and survival of moose calves.

Mech was the lead author of a research paper published online this January in the journal Wildlife Society Bulletin that found rapidly increasing wolf numbers in Northeastern Minnesota from 2001 to 2009 coincided with the rapid demise of moose in the region — from nearly 9,000 moose in 2006 to fewer than 4,000 in recent winters.

Mech, who has been studying wolves in an 800-square-mile area of the Superior National Forest for decades, said wolf numbers more than doubled while moose declined, from fewer than 50 wolves in the study area in 2001 to nearly 100 by 2010.

The number of moose calves surviving to their first winter peaked at 0.93 per cow when wolf numbers were lower but dropped as low as 0.24 when wolf numbers peaked, the study notes. That level is considered unsustainable for moose to continue a thriving population, especially with so many adult moose dying from other causes.

But the trend may be reversing.

A recent stabilization of the Minnesota moose herd, and a slight increase in calf survival seen in the last few winter surveys, also coincides with a sharp decline in wolf numbers in the study area, the study found, showing the correlation works in reverse, too.

The study cites a previously unreported decline in wolves in the heart of the national forest in recent years — down to 34 or fewer wolves in the study area in 2017, less than half of the 82 wolves estimated in 2012.

Moose calf survival increased some as wolf numbers dropped, from the 0.24 low in 2011 to 0.36 per cow last year.

“We do not claim that wolf numbers only influence moose population during declines nor that wolves are the only factor affecting moose numbers,” the study concludes.

Recent wolf and moose population data only show “suggestive information” on the plight of moose, the study noted. “However, our new and revised data signal a critical downward trend in the wolf population in our study area and an apparent response by moose.”

Wolves in the study area declined due to fewer moose to eat, the study notes, but also because of hunting and trapping allowed in 2012, 2013 and 2014 when wolves were briefly off the federal protected list.

The study stops short of saying wolves were the primary cause of the overall moose decline.

“Would the Northeastern Minnesota moose population be declining if there were no wolves? Our findings do not answer this question definitively,” the report notes. But the findings “suggest that the decline of Northeastern Minnesota moose since 2006 at least would not have been as steep without wolves’ presence and influence.”

Mech and co-authors John Frieberg and Shannon Barber-Meyer also go back to show similar relationships in past decades, noting a brief but dramatic moose decline in the early 1990s corresponded with a rapid rise in wolves at the same time.

The new study doesn’t refute any of a number of other research efforts looking to solve the moose mystery. Recent Minnesota Department of Natural Resources research shows wolves are clearly a factor in moose deaths, along with parasites such as winter ticks and a brainworm spread by deer. Bears also kill a significant number of newborn moose calves each spring.

Other researchers note that a long-term trend to warmer and less snowy winters has helped push deer numbers up in the moose range of Minnesota, spreading more brainworm north. That warming trend also has lead to a higher survival rate of ticks. And scientists say warmer weather leads to more moose stress, causing moose to eat less and store less fat to survive winter.

Other researchers note that habitat for moose has declined in many areas making it harder for them to thrive. Moose like second-generation forests, such as those that followed recent large fires in the region, some of the few areas where moose numbers have actually gone up in recent years.

State and tribal wildlife officials currently are conducting aerial surveys of moose in selected area of Northeastern Minnesota and will release their updated annual population estimate later this winter.



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how do you attract young moose?

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Any advise on how to attract a young buck during the rut?

Going moose hunting again this year where I was successful but "lucky" by being patient as he walked right next to my stand (maybe 5 yds).

Would like to be a bit more active by calling but I don’t want to use the wrong calls and scare a young one away.

Thanks


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Arrow and broadhead combo for moose

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Anyone with any thoughts on a set up for moose? I am headed to the yukon this fall and wondering what people are running for arrows and broadheads on moose. Currently I am shooting a bowtech insanity cpxl at 30" draw and 71#. My chrono is showing 314 fps shooting goldtip pro hunters and a slick trick magnum 100 gr head. My total arrow weight is 400gr. is this enough for moose or should i be shooting 125gr heads or heavier arrows. discuss


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Any suggestions?


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My Moose hunt is cancelled

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I just got a call saying my Moose hunt has been cancelled because apparently some guy has been driving around on a snowmobile shooting cows with a glock…:confused:
On the good side, I was offered a red footed grasshopper hunt instead….at the same cost of coarse. 😉
Just jokes, so lighten up folks!!

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Moose hunting: Alberta vs. Newfoundland

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I am planning a moose hunt for 2015 and my initial location choice is Newfoundland due to the number of moose they have and the average price of the hunt.

That being said, I have seen several posts by folks who say Alberta is the place to go if you are hunting moose with a bow. Some Alberta hunts I looked at were comparable in price so now I am undecided.

I am not particular about moose size or sex; if it’s got moose hair on it and it’s legal then that is good enough for me. I will be using a longbow and want the animals CLOSE if that bears any weight on your opinion.

What are your thoughts on this matter? Alberta or Newfoundland for bowhunting moose?

Thanks,

Darren

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