The Abitibi-Témiscamingue, or Abitibi Forest, in Quebec is reporting an excellent moose harvest for 2015 and the numbers show it.
The Ministry of Forests, Wildlife and Parks have tentatively published a report for the moose harvest in Quebec’s Abitibi Forest.
The preliminary numbers show 1,300 bulls, 1,450 cows, and 350 calves were taken in the region during the 2015 open season.
In a translated statement biologist Caroline Trudeau said, “We had a good harvest this year. For us it is a population abundance indicator. The amount of moose is taken in the continuum of recent years and we have no reason to worry. ”
Even though fewer hunters applied for tags in 2015 (25,030 as compared to 26,353 the previous season) the initial report shows 12 percent increase in the harvest.
This is considered one of the best takes in the last five years.
Bowhunting, both by traditional bow and crossbow, is very popular in the Abitibi-Témiscamingue and the early report shows 179 moose harvested by bow, which is already 19 more than last year.
The Abitibi Forest lies roughly in southwest Quebec on the Ontario border.
Established with the first moose management plan in 1994, the taking of cows happens only every other year, which according to the Ministry is a “winning formula.”
The only issue in recent years was in 2005 when there was a high demand for tags just ahead of the season.
According to Trudeau, “In 2005 there was a demand for the hunt ahead of a week. That year, there was a record harvest of 3,746 animals. In subsequent years there had been a decrease in the harvest and it had worried us. The dates were pushed back in 2010. We see a direct effect of regulatory conditions that we apply.”
This winter, the Ministry will again conduct an aerial population survey, the last being in 2005 when it was determined that moose density was around 2.6 animals per six square miles (10 sq. km.)