Moose season shorten by 5 days this year

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FAIRBANKS, Alaska - Moose hunting season will be reduced by five days this year, that's 25 percent shorter than previous years. The Alaska Department Fish and Game is changing the hunting window in Game Management Unit 20-B to September 1st to 15th for Alaska residents, and September 5th to 15th for nonresidents.
The Alaska Department of Fish and Game called this emergency order because the moose population has a sex ratio of 17 bulls to 100 cows, well below the department's goal of 30 to 100. Fairbanks Area Biologist, Tony Hollis, said the bull-to-cow ratio has been declining for the last several years, and is likely due to a harvest rate that is too high for that population.
"Well there have been some hunters concerned about the season being shortened. But many people understand that, you know, it's the way we're managing moose that's sometimes this is necessary. The season could change in the future. We base our season lengths and bag limits of what people can harvest on the moose surveys," said Hollis.
The bull-to-cow ratio has been declining for the last several years, and is likely due to a harvest rate that is too high for that population.