Ak Hunting News: Anchorage Hillside Moose Hunt Goes Second Year
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A small and somewhat controversial moose hunt on the heavily populated Anchorage hillside begins again on November first. The hunt is for only four cows, and is a cautious second step in the process of reducing the number of moose in the Anchorage bowl.
The Anchorage Daily News put it this way: "The hunt is small and somewhat experimental. Hunters may only use shotguns or black-powder rifles -- firearms with normal trajectories less than 300 yards -- to kill cow moose. The hunters also must pass a hunter safety course and a weapons proficiency test to help ensure moose are killed quickly and efficiently.
Other rules stipulate that the hunters must:
The reason for all the precaution is the Hillside moose hunt's controversial history. Last year was the first moose hunt on the Anchorage Hillside since 1983, when a bow hunt created a public-relations nightmare."
- Drag moose gut piles at least 100 yards from any trail;
- Provide the location to the state; and
- Phone state biologists before and after the hunts.
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