More licences, longer season among moose management changes

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John Blake, director of wildlife management with the Department of Environment (left), Environment Minister Charlene Johnson, and Transportation Minister Tom Hedderson announce changes to moose management in the province today. Photo by Gary Hebbard/The

More moose hunting licences and a longer season to hunt on the island portion of the province, were among changes announced today in St. John's or this year's big game hunting season.
In outlining changes to aimed at better managing the province's moose population, Environment Minister Charlene Johnson also confirmed that Sunday hunting will begin on the first Sunday in October. Additionally, non-profit moose licences will be increased from 150 to 200.
A five-year moose management plan will also be established.
"We have reviewed our current approach to management of this species, and we have determined that a number of changes are warranted," Johnson said. "These changes will positively impact our ability to adequately manage this particular animal.
"Overall, island moose populations are healthy, with total island estimates at approximately 120,000."
According to a news release, a total of 2,154 new resident hunting licences will be added for the 2010 hunting season. This increase reflects 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. This will also provide increased opportunity for those hunters not successful earlier in the year.
In the western/central Newfoundland Moose Management Areas (MMAs), the season will now close Jan. 2. In the eastern MMAs, the season will now close Jan. 23.
The minister noted the changes will also help address concerns regarding forest health in remote regions of the province. Increased hunting pressure in these areas will assist in controlling habitat degradation caused by moose over-browsing forest vegetation.
Eugene Nippard, leader of the save our people action committee, said these changes are a good first step, but it is not enough.

Geographic location: St. John's, Eastern MMAs

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  • DB
    July 02, 2010 - 13:34

    As if this will help.If anyone with half a brain would stop and look at the success rate of past years the licences that were issued in 2009 were only 65% filled for all the island.I guess we will at best improve it by 5%.

  • My moose licence
    July 02, 2010 - 13:33

    It's About Time! Is the government listening? Are they hearing what we been telling them all along or is Charlene Johnson's frezzer empty? Or is it that too Newfoundlanders are dieing at the hands of the government. Moose meat for everyone! exspecially you southern shore hunter! what do you hunt? cats & dogs?

  • southern shore hunter
    July 02, 2010 - 13:27

    wipe out the moose, there not fit to eat and there killing to many people.

  • Mike
    July 02, 2010 - 13:22

    So if we have 2154 new RESIDENT hunting licences, I wonder how many new NON-resident licences will be issued?
    Just curious.......

  • barb
    July 02, 2010 - 13:20

    The government should also have been proactive by introducing a system whereby license holders, their areas and the animal for which they have tags are posted online. This cuts down on poaching and would make it easier for residents to assist enforcement officers with info on poachers. Works in BC.

  • jeremiah
    July 02, 2010 - 13:18

    It is not the moose in the deep woods that are a danger to motorists, it is those close to a highway that come out at night for whatever reason, and walk along the road. Licenses should be sold to sober, responsible hunters to harvest those moose. It can be done safely, the Gov't just needs the will to change the rules.

  • Edward
    July 02, 2010 - 13:18

    Ed from CBS writes; Moose don't kill anyone, people kill themselves by not paying attention and driving too fast. Gov., in my opinion should reduce the speed limit at night and clear the brush, otherwise leave the moose as they are.

  • Mark
    July 02, 2010 - 13:10

    Now for the coyotes.
    Increase the bounty and let the locals have a crack at them.
    I know some experts say you cannot eliminate the coyotes with a bounty, but I will bet my money on a greatly diminished population if we give local hunters enough incentive to take them on.

  • Newman
    July 02, 2010 - 13:10

    Extending the season is a great idea. How about this idea. Many Newfoundlanders like moose meat but cannot hunt or do not like to hunt. Maybe its time the managers of the moose resource should consider the idea of allowing someone with a licence to desiginate another hunter to get their moose for them if they so desire. I'm sure controls could be put in place to ensure poachers could not take advantage of this idea. The overall success rate for each area would be greatly increased thus reducing the overall population.

  • bayman
    July 02, 2010 - 13:09

    well well well ... finally a decision that the Williams government is going to regret. Time to wipe out the moose population. Increasing the number of licences is totally idiotic.There are enough trigger happy hunters travelling our highways at 50 km/h below the speed limit causing dangerous situations. I personally have almost rearended a few of these vehicles. Cutting the brush along our highways NEEDS to be done immediately. It needs to be cut back at least 100 ft from the highway. Then there should be no problem seeing a moose during the day. all it would take then is for drivers to take some responsibility and slow down at night. Maybe this could employ a few people. Don't pay by the hour, instead, pay for hectares cut. Great way to increse production. So, get rid of the brush and leave the moose !!!

  • gary
    July 02, 2010 - 13:09

    Got ta get me moose by's!!!

  • DB
    July 01, 2010 - 20:23

    As if this will help.If anyone with half a brain would stop and look at the success rate of past years the licences that were issued in 2009 were only 65% filled for all the island.I guess we will at best improve it by 5%.

  • My moose licence
    July 01, 2010 - 20:22

    It's About Time! Is the government listening? Are they hearing what we been telling them all along or is Charlene Johnson's frezzer empty? Or is it that too Newfoundlanders are dieing at the hands of the government. Moose meat for everyone! exspecially you southern shore hunter! what do you hunt? cats & dogs?

  • southern shore hunter
    July 01, 2010 - 20:15

    wipe out the moose, there not fit to eat and there killing to many people.

  • Mike
    July 01, 2010 - 20:07

    So if we have 2154 new RESIDENT hunting licences, I wonder how many new NON-resident licences will be issued?
    Just curious.......

  • barb
    July 01, 2010 - 20:03

    The government should also have been proactive by introducing a system whereby license holders, their areas and the animal for which they have tags are posted online. This cuts down on poaching and would make it easier for residents to assist enforcement officers with info on poachers. Works in BC.

  • jeremiah
    July 01, 2010 - 19:59

    It is not the moose in the deep woods that are a danger to motorists, it is those close to a highway that come out at night for whatever reason, and walk along the road. Licenses should be sold to sober, responsible hunters to harvest those moose. It can be done safely, the Gov't just needs the will to change the rules.

  • Edward
    July 01, 2010 - 19:59

    Ed from CBS writes; Moose don't kill anyone, people kill themselves by not paying attention and driving too fast. Gov., in my opinion should reduce the speed limit at night and clear the brush, otherwise leave the moose as they are.

  • Mark
    July 01, 2010 - 19:46

    Now for the coyotes.
    Increase the bounty and let the locals have a crack at them.
    I know some experts say you cannot eliminate the coyotes with a bounty, but I will bet my money on a greatly diminished population if we give local hunters enough incentive to take them on.

  • Newman
    July 01, 2010 - 19:46

    Extending the season is a great idea. How about this idea. Many Newfoundlanders like moose meat but cannot hunt or do not like to hunt. Maybe its time the managers of the moose resource should consider the idea of allowing someone with a licence to desiginate another hunter to get their moose for them if they so desire. I'm sure controls could be put in place to ensure poachers could not take advantage of this idea. The overall success rate for each area would be greatly increased thus reducing the overall population.

  • bayman
    July 01, 2010 - 19:45

    well well well ... finally a decision that the Williams government is going to regret. Time to wipe out the moose population. Increasing the number of licences is totally idiotic.There are enough trigger happy hunters travelling our highways at 50 km/h below the speed limit causing dangerous situations. I personally have almost rearended a few of these vehicles. Cutting the brush along our highways NEEDS to be done immediately. It needs to be cut back at least 100 ft from the highway. Then there should be no problem seeing a moose during the day. all it would take then is for drivers to take some responsibility and slow down at night. Maybe this could employ a few people. Don't pay by the hour, instead, pay for hectares cut. Great way to increse production. So, get rid of the brush and leave the moose !!!

  • gary
    July 01, 2010 - 19:44

    Got ta get me moose by's!!!