Hunters are reminded that the application deadline for the 2004 Minnesota moose hunt is Friday, June 18. Applications may be made from any of the 1,800 statewide Electronic Licensing System (ELS) vendors or from the Department of Natural Resources License Center, 500 Lafayette Road, St. Paul.
This year, 246 permits are available in 30 zones in northeastern Minnesota. There is no moose hunting season in northwestern Minnesota this year. The 2004 moose hunting season is Oct. 2-17.
Moose hunters must apply in parties from two to four individuals. An application fee of $3 per individual must be included with the application. Only Minnesota residents at least 16 years old are eligible for the moose hunt.
Permits are issued through a random drawing, except that applicants who have been unsuccessful at least 10 times since 1985, will be placed in a separate drawing for up to 20 percent of the available licenses. A person who is still unsuccessful in this separate selection will also be included in the regular drawing. Because the moose hunt became a once-in-a-lifetime hunt in 1991, hunters who received permits for moose hunts for the 1991 hunt and more recent hunts are not eligible to apply for the 2004 drawing.
The bag limit is one moose of any age or either sex per hunting party.
The license fee is $310 per party. There will be mandatory orientation sessions for all hunters chosen for moose licenses.
In 2003, 2,328 parties applied for 224 available state permits. State licensed hunters harvested 127 bulls and 17 cows, for a party success rate of 64 percent.