RESTORATION OF MOOSE SEX RATIOS AND AGE CLASS STRUCTURES VIA ANTLER RESTRICTIONS AND LIMITED ENTRY ANTERLESS SEASONS IN THE EASY KOOTENAY SUB-REGION OF B.C.
Following a long period of liberal bulls only seasons interrupted by three successive years of short open seasons on cows and calves (1967, 1968, 1969), major changes have been made in moose management strategies in the East Kootenay Sub-region of southeastern British Columbia. Hunting seasons for bulls were shortened and delayed to the post rut period in 1982; antler size and conformation restrictions first imposed in 1973 were increased in 1982 and a short, pre-rut Limited Entry antlerless season was opened in 1982. It is hypothesized that the regulations will increase both the conception rate and the productivity of the population by increasing the bull component and the mean age of bulls and decreasing the cow component.
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