Skip to comments.Should moose hunting come to Massachusetts?
Posted on 09/27/2013 4:50:48 AM PDT by 11th_VA
SOUTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) - More moose are being spotted in western Massachusetts, and some people would like to see a change in state policy, which would allow for moose hunting.
The practice is allowed in other New England states such as New Hampshire, where it is so popular that they have to hold a lottery just to get a license, but here in Massachusetts, it is against the law.
This time of year, moose sightings tend to be more common. This is due to the fact that September is the beginning of their mating season, in which moose are less likely to be looking out for people.
Just Thursday morning, a roaming moose was spotted in a residential neighborhood of Southampton, and in New Britain, Connecticut, environmental police had to shoot and kill a moose that they say was about to cross a busy highway.
22News asked people in Hampshire County whether they think the state should consider a legal moose hunting season.
We could do a lot more to live in better harmony with our natural environment, including natural predators. So I'm not sure that just because we are seeing a few more moose means that it should be open season. But I also recognize that sometimes hunters are some of the best conservationists, Laura Anderson of Florence said.
According to the State Department of Fish and Game, despite being more visible in the fall, moose are still rare in Massachusetts. In 2007, the population was estimated between 850 and 950 statewide, with the largest number of moose in northern Worcester County.
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Ma needs a donkey season more than a moose season.
When I came home from work last evening, there were 7 deer in front of my house. Never seen a herd that big in my neighborhood.
Moose control is needed, to prevent the mastication of female siblings.
mastication ??? What is that, a Bill O’Reilly word ???
You’ll go blind.
Look it up. It's a new twist on an old joke.
"Jimmy Dean Rice, of Soldotna, found this out the hard way after being charged by Alaska Wildlife Troopers for a Class A Misdemeanor for illegally taking a moose during a closed season, after he allegedly shot at a moose with a pellet gun this summer.
Rice stated to troopers that a number of things could have happened to the moose prior to him shooting at it, but added that, while he had no intention of killing the moose, he was likely the culprit, and added that killing a moose with one shot from a pellet gun qualified him as either the luckiest or unluckiest person in the world.
The wretched things raid my yard every week or two eating whatever they can. I discovered that they really like tomato plants, but won't eat zinneas or marigolds. The do it pretty quickly too I was looking out the window in the wee hours and saw a couple of them go through and complete their vandalism in about two minutes.
I’ve discovered that a pellet gun will encourage them to eat the neighbor’s flowers instead of mine.
Moose meat is fantastic but if you have a problem with deer /vehicle accidents, a moose coming over your hood and through your windshield is a real bummer that won’t buff out.
The same thing happened to a guy I knew. He lived right beside Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park at what was called “The Elk Farm”. The elk were destroying his garden so he shot one with a pellet gun to scare it off. The pellet went right between two ribs and poked a hole in it’s heart. Elk never flinched. Kept on eating and just keeled over dead. Panic ensued.
Two things, First: The trick is catching them. They only come through every couple of weeks on average, are only there for a few minutes, and they're always late at night - usually after I've gone to bed. The time I saw them I happened to be looking out at somewhere around 3:00AM.
Second: I don't want to train them with non-lethal rounds to avoid me . If I really want to nail them I don't want them to run at the sound of a window opening. I want them to be unsuspecting until the subsonic round enters their head.
I would love to see Sarah Palin get a moose hunting license deep blue Massachusetts.
Do they have cheese in Massachusetts?
Rush Limbaugh used to do a routine on his show about how he would see women farding while driving. Offended women would call in and demand "How DARE you say such things???" and Rush would say "Why? What's wrong with what I said?" They would sputter back "Well, how can you tell?" and he would reply "I can see them doing it through the car window!"
It was hilarious!
What they really need is liberal hunting licenses. Many years ago I was at a Patriot's day celebration in Lexington. There were a number of vendors selling souvenirs. One was selling little plastic toy muskets about 6 inches. One kid (maybe 8 - 9) asked his mother for one, and not only did she jump all over the kid for wanting a "gun," but proceded to excoriate the guy selling them for selling guns, there ought to be a law against what he was doing, what a horrible person he was, etc. I have to hand it to him. He kept his cool and didn't tell her to go f herself, simply told her something to the effect that if she didn't like his merchandise she was welcome to shop elswhere. Point being that people in MA really think that rights are obsolete.