I'm for it. In areas where there's a risk due to a large number of people in close confines, it's been proven that archery is one of the best ways to control population. That said, I think most areas with a large population of moose have a corresponding lack of houses.
I agree with Canerod on the subject of the most moose problems are in places without houses. If the state issued permits to bow hunters in an expanded zone, they would have problems with other special interest groups, who would feel left out.
What makes a bowhunter better than or more qualified to hunt moose?
AB, you should understand something, I have applied for a moose permit every year since 1980...the first moose hunting season since 1940!
I have NEVER been drawn for a permit. My wife has, but not me.
Meanwhile wardens, friends of wardens, legislators and their friends and families, and the highest bidders at the annual moose auctions have all taken their moose and many have had multiple chances at it!
That being said, what on Gods green earth makes you think that ANYONE who can buy a bow and complete the safety course (whether they can shoot it or not) deserves to step in front of ME in this line of semi-patient people?
Why does ANYONE get permit after permit every third year when there are folks who have NEVER RECIEVED A PERMIT?
Preferential treatment because of what you hunt with? OK, I want my own special permit to hunt only bull moose with a spear! And don't friggin' bet I won't get one!
For $600 I can go to Quebec and kill two moose but that is not the point. I live in maine and have for over 40 year. I shouldn't have to go to a forein country to hunt something that lives outside my kitchen window!
seven people in my family have been putting in since the season inception.....zippo!zero!zilch! and yeah it really bothers me to hear about people going on their 2-3 even 4th moose hunt. do i think archers deserve to move ahead of the line? no way and i say that knowing it would move me up the line being an archery hunter.
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I think they should give the expanded moose permits to us bow hunters.Lets be fair about this and do this by countys starting with Aroostook county.Once everyone from Aroostook county has been drawn then go to the next county and so forth.Think I'd get John to agree to this anyways.
i am not for it.... as a bowhunter too!! hmmm i live and hunt in wmd 16.. i can go out and take ya to a moose right now( well not now cause its damn coldLOL) These moose do not hang around homes... all are outside or 100yds plus we want to take moose out of the areas so a rifle or firearm is easier. bow shot moose can cover ground quickly roads are some what closer then Up north.. I believe if they limit firearms may be allow shotguns with slugs or a muzzleloader.. mfm