The "Real Skinny" On Hunting Shiras Moose


Published: April - 1999

The Boone and Crockett Club recognizes three species of moose in North America. The largest is the Alaska-Yukon Moose found in Alaska, the Yukon and Northwest Territories. The Canada moose is found in Minnesota and Maine and throughout Canada (except the Yukon and NWT). The smallest is the Wyoming or Shiras moose found in Utah, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming and Washington. Moose hunting in the lower 48 states is by permit for both residents and non-residents, though some states do not allow non-residents to hunt moose at all. On the positive side, hunting success is universally high, ranging from 80 to more than 90 percent, and overall moose populations are holding their own and increasing in some areas.

Of the states that offer Shiras moose hunting, Wyoming is the undisputed leader in the number of permits issued and the number of bulls in the record book. However, I'll tell you about another moose hunting state, Idaho.

The big news in this state is game officials are strongly considering a moose season for non-residents. Currently, only residents can apply for this state's 800-plus permits, but sources tell U. S. Hunting Report that may change as early as the year 2000. This is a major development that we will keep you posted on. In the meantime, here is the current moose situation. Last year, Idaho issued 843 bull permits plus 98 cow permits.

About half of the moose in Idaho are harvested in the southeast portion of the state, while 40 percent are killed in the Panhandle/Clearwater regions, with the remaining 10 percent from the balance of the state. If it becomes clear this state will open to non-residents, we will file a more detailed report on guides, best areas, etc. In the meantime, you can stay in touch with the Idaho Fish and Game Department yourself.

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