FAIRBANKS — Hunters must have had turkey, not moose, on their minds.
That was state wildlife biologist Tony Hollis’ assessment as to why so few moose — seven — were taken in the Minto Flats winter registration antlerless hunt during the past week.
As of Wednesday, the reported harvest stood at 32 moose. The quota for the hunt, which opened on Oct. 15, is 100 moose.
“I would have thought over Thanksgiving weekend we would have had a big push but that didn’t happen,” Hollis said.
The department did issue another 40-plus permits to hunters in the last week. As of Tuesday, the department had issued 664 permits for the hunt.
Hollis attributes the relatively low harvest rate to rough conditions for snowmachines due to the lack of snow. With no snow in sight and the forecast calling for continued cold temperatures, as well as the opening of the Fortymile caribou hunt on Saturday to divert hunters, chances are the harvest won’t be making a big jump in the next week.
Contact staff Writer Tim Mowry at 459-7587.