First phase of Maine moose hunt ends

Posted Oct. 04, 2009, at 10:29 a.m.

GREENVILLE, Maine — The first week of Maine’s three-part moose hunting season has ended.

The six-day hunt in northern Maine districts ended at dusk Saturday. There are no figures yet on the total number of moose taken.

The next week of hunting runs Oct. 12-17, also in northern districts. Then, from Nov. 2-28 moose hunting permit holders will be assigned to select districts in southern Maine.

State wildlife biologists estimate Maine’s moose population at 29,000. For the 2008 season, the success rate for hunters was 74 percent as hunters killed 2,241 moose out of a possible 3,015 permits issued.