State and tribal hunters harvested a
total of 186 moose in northeastern Minnesota during the 2001 fall
season. State licensed hunters killed 125 moose. Fond du Lac
Band licensed hunters killed 38 moose, and 1854 Authority licensed
hunters (Grand Portage and Bois Forte Bands) killed 23 moose.
hunting in Minnesota is limited to residents only, by permit.
Beginning with the 1991 season, moose hunting has been a
once-in-a-lifetime opportunity in Minnesota.
3,164 parties applied for the 182 available state permits. Since
1989, tribal hunters have also harvested moose in the 1854 Ceded
Territory of northeastern Minnesota as part of a negotiated settlement
for the 1854 Treaty. In the 2001 season, the Fond du Lac Band
issued 65 permits and the 1854 Authority issued 44 permits.
this years hunt, the vast majority of hunters harvested bulls.
State licensed hunters killed 108 bulls and 17 cows, for a party success
rate of 69 percent. The ratio of bulls to cows harvested was
almost 6.4 to 1, and was the highest ever recorded for northeastern
The average size of Bull Moose taken in 2001
was also larger. The average antler spread of 42.5 inches was more
than 2.5 inches wider than the five-year average. Two moose were
measured with antlers 61 inches in width. In the previous five
hunting seasons, only three moose were taken with antlers measuring 60
inches or more in width. The higher bull harvest and larger
average size are attributed primarily to the fact that the state moose
hunting season was closed in 2000, likely leaving more mature bulls
available to hunters this past fall.