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Should moose hunting come to Massachusetts?
WWLP ^ | 26 Sept 2013 | Matt Caron

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.


TOPICS: Extended News; Government; US: Massachusetts
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1 posted on 09/27/2013 4:50:48 AM PDT by 11th_VA
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To: 11th_VA

"..of course darlink"

2 posted on 09/27/2013 4:58:53 AM PDT by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: 11th_VA

Ma needs a donkey season more than a moose season.


3 posted on 09/27/2013 5:00:09 AM PDT by logic101.net (How many more children must die on the altar of "gun free zones"?)
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To: 11th_VA
With a population of only 950 moose I would think hunting would be off limits. Maybe if there were 9500. Our estimated white tailed deer population in GA is 1.2 MILLION and provides plenty of hunting opportunities.
4 posted on 09/27/2013 5:00:57 AM PDT by from occupied ga (Your government is your most dangerous enemy)
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To: from occupied ga

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.


5 posted on 09/27/2013 5:03:28 AM PDT by 11th_VA (I want a president who won't enforce tax laws ...)
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To: 11th_VA

Moose control is needed, to prevent the mastication of female siblings.


6 posted on 09/27/2013 5:08:53 AM PDT by justlurking (tagline removed, as demanded by Admin Moderator)
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To: justlurking

mastication ??? What is that, a Bill O’Reilly word ???


7 posted on 09/27/2013 5:11:48 AM PDT by 11th_VA (I want a president who won't enforce tax laws ...)
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To: 11th_VA

You’ll go blind.


8 posted on 09/27/2013 5:13:19 AM PDT by Lurkina.n.Learnin (If global warming exists I hope it is strong enough to reverse the Big Government snowball)
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To: 11th_VA
mastication ??? What is that, a Bill O’Reilly word ???

Look it up. It's a new twist on an old joke.

9 posted on 09/27/2013 5:19:54 AM PDT by justlurking (tagline removed, as demanded by Admin Moderator)
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To: Lurkina.n.Learnin
And now for something completely different ... Pellet gunshot thought to cause moose death

"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.

10 posted on 09/27/2013 5:20:27 AM PDT by 11th_VA (I want a president who won't enforce tax laws ...)
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To: 11th_VA
"A møøse bit my sister once... "
11 posted on 09/27/2013 5:23:27 AM PDT by theDentist (FUBO; qwerty ergo typo : i type, therefore i misspelll)
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To: 11th_VA
were 7 deer in front of my house.

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.

12 posted on 09/27/2013 5:25:28 AM PDT by from occupied ga (Your government is your most dangerous enemy)
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To: from occupied ga

I’ve discovered that a pellet gun will encourage them to eat the neighbor’s flowers instead of mine.


13 posted on 09/27/2013 5:30:04 AM PDT by Pecos (Kritarchy: government by the judges)
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To: 11th_VA

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.


14 posted on 09/27/2013 5:33:04 AM PDT by AKinAK (Keep your powder dry pilgrim.)
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To: 11th_VA

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.


15 posted on 09/27/2013 5:35:18 AM PDT by Lurkina.n.Learnin (If global warming exists I hope it is strong enough to reverse the Big Government snowball)
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To: Pecos
I’ve discovered that a pellet gun will encourage them to eat the neighbor’s flowers instead of mine.

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.

16 posted on 09/27/2013 5:41:16 AM PDT by from occupied ga (Your government is your most dangerous enemy)
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To: from occupied ga

I would love to see Sarah Palin get a moose hunting license deep blue Massachusetts.


17 posted on 09/27/2013 5:42:35 AM PDT by glorgau
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To: 11th_VA

Do they have cheese in Massachusetts?


18 posted on 09/27/2013 5:43:45 AM PDT by Squidpup ("Fight the Good Fight of Faith")
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To: justlurking
It's a new twist on an old joke.

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!

19 posted on 09/27/2013 5:47:33 AM PDT by COBOL2Java (I'm a Christian, pro-life, pro-gun, Reaganite. The GOP hates me. Why should I vote for them?)
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To: glorgau
I would love to see Sarah Palin get a moose hunting license deep blue Massachusetts.

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.

20 posted on 09/27/2013 5:50:42 AM PDT by from occupied ga (Your government is your most dangerous enemy)
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To: 11th_VA
What are they going to shoot them with? Rubberbands?
I thought guns were for all practical purposes outlawed in the peoples republic of Massachusetts.

21 posted on 09/27/2013 5:58:39 AM PDT by BitWielder1 (Corporate Profits are better than Government Waste)
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To: COBOL2Java
That's a pretty obscure word, going back to Middle English.

You've probably heard about George Smathers' "redneck speech":

Are you aware that Claude Pepper is known all over Washington as a shameless extrovert? Not only that, but this man is reliably reported to practice nepotism with his sister-in-law, he has a brother who is a known homo sapiens, and he has a sister who was once a thespian in wicked New York. Worst of all, it is an established fact that Mr. Pepper, before his marriage, habitually practiced celibacy.

Supposedly, this horrified rural Florida voters and they rejected Pepper in the Democrat primary (which was the real election in Florida at the time). Pepper did win in the subsequent primary, in 1952.

However, the speech never actually occurred. It was dreamed up by reporter, and reported as fact by Time magazine. The campaign denied it, and the reporters covering the campaign confirmed it was a hoax, but it never went away.

22 posted on 09/27/2013 6:01:42 AM PDT by justlurking (tagline removed, as demanded by Admin Moderator)
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To: COBOL2Java
Pepper did win in the subsequent primary, in 1952.

Sorry, too early in the morning and I need to change the lens in my glasses.

Pepper subsequently won in 1962, not 1952.

23 posted on 09/27/2013 6:04:42 AM PDT by justlurking (tagline removed, as demanded by Admin Moderator)
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To: COBOL2Java
"farding"
like the use of the word.."niggardly"
(Grudging and petty in giving or spending.. Meanly small; scanty or meager)
an oldie (blast from the past), but a real goldie..
(illustrating the danger of goin' half cooked in real time)

24 posted on 09/27/2013 6:08:13 AM PDT by skinkinthegrass (who'll take tomorrow,$pend it all today;who can take your income & tax it all away..0'Blowfly can :-)
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To: 11th_VA
Chasing Moose?


25 posted on 09/27/2013 6:13:30 AM PDT by Fightin Whitey
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To: 11th_VA

First they come for the Noose. Then they come for the Elk. Then they comfort the Shriners.


26 posted on 09/27/2013 6:16:14 AM PDT by Makana
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To: 11th_VA

They run up and down the street here in our neighborhood and they ate my sunflowers a couple of weeks ago. They eat everything in sight.

Tell the MA moose hunters to come down to GA and hunt deer. We are lousy with them.


27 posted on 09/27/2013 9:07:36 AM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: justlurking

Hey! I got it! Seriesly!


28 posted on 09/27/2013 9:48:38 AM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing.)
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To: Georgia Girl 2

You are soon to be lousy with Lyme’s Disease then! Watchout!


29 posted on 09/30/2013 8:06:31 PM PDT by acapesket
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