(Northland's NewsCenter) -- The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources announced Tuesday that it will offer a limited bulls-only hunting season this fall.
The dwindling state moose population does not play a factor with the hunting season. The DNR is following a moose plan that identifies habitat, climate change, disease and other factors by closing two hunting zones in northeastern Minnesota, but continuing to allow limited hunting in other zones.
Minnesota's moose population is at an estimated 4,230 compared to last year's estimate of 4,900. The DNR estimates 50 bulls will be taken by hunters this fall.
Officials at the DNR say that the limited hunting season will have no significant effect on the moose population.
For those who want to hunt can apply for 87 available licenses starting April 2 with an application deadline on Friday, May 4. The hunting season is open to residents 10 or older.
11 of the 87 available permits will be offered to hunters who were selected in last year's lottery. If any of the 11 hunters choose not to hunt, their permits will be available.
The moose season will start on Saturday, September 29 and will end on Sunday, October 14.
Last year's moose hunting season harvested 53 bulls.
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