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Maine has record moose hunt

8:29 AM, Jan 13, 2013   |    comments
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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - Maine's fish and game department says the 2012 fall moose hunting season ended with a record number of moose taken by hunters.

The Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife says hunters bagged 2,895 moose. With a total of 3,725 permits allocated by the department, that's a success rate of 78 percent. It's also a 12 percent increase over the 66 percent 2011 success rate.

Game officials say outstanding fall conditions, including cool temperatures, were a factor in making the hunt successful in 2012.

Trophies included 11 bulls, all taken in the far north, weighing more than 1,000 pounds, including one with antlers measuring 66 inches. A total of 17 bulls recorded antler spreads in excess of 60 inches.

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