To address negative landowner-hunter interactions, reduce the number of moose damaging cole crops, and reduce moose numbers within the surrounding cropland areas, the MDIFW designed and implemented a controlled moose hunt in 2009.
Over the course of a year MDIFW biologists met in both informal meetings with local landowners, and formal meetings with invited stakeholders including local farmers, sportsmen, landowners, the Farm Bureau, and Warden Service to discuss moose numbers, crop depredation problems, recreational hunting, landowner access, and hunter behavior.
At the conclusion of the controlled hunt, agricultural interests, MDIFW biologists and wardens, and the moose registration station owner/operator gathered for a debriefing of the controlled hunt.
MDIFW biologists conducted a mandatory evening seminar about the controlled moose hunt that outlined hunting rules and regulations, moose biology and behavior, and ethical hunting conduct.
Based on known success rates of resident and nonresident hunters for AMP and AOP permits in the northeast zones, MDIFW predicted a harvest success rate of 88%, with a slight skew towards adult bulls.
Although a focal point of the MDIFW throughout the process was to identify and describe the hunt in terms of a targeted and focused effort, certain stakeholders recommended that permits be allocated to other hunting interests with specific needs (e.