When it comes to hunting animals that dwell within the vast and varied deer family, no adventure can be quite as exciting, or dangerous, as going after a moose.
These majestic and enormous creatures, typically found in the northernmost forests of the United States and all the way throughout the vast Canadian wilderness, (as well as in sub arctic pockets of Europe and Asia), are not only tipping the scales at an astounding 1,000 pounds plus. Couple that with their erratic and often violent behavior, especially during their extended rut period, and you have yourself quite a handful out in the bush.
As such, moose hunts have become a rather large industry within commercial hunting circles. The sheer cost of processing and preserving a trophy from these expeditions can set you back tens of thousands of dollars, lending a big-game feel to the entire endeavor.
Now, Nevada officials are on the hunt for an even more dangerous target: Moose poachers, who have been active within the last few months, and possibly longer.
“A reward of $10,000 is being offered for any information that will help solve a case of an adult moose illegally killed 20 miles southeast of Jarbidge, Nevada.
“The dead moose was discovered 100 yards west of the intersection of the Sun Creek access road and the O’Neil Basin Road, near the boundary of hunt units 072 and 075.
“’The moose was killed sometime in middle to late December in a very visible area,’ said Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW) Game Warden Fred Esparza. ‘It’s very possible someone might have seen something that could be helpful in catching the individuals responsible. Even if you just saw a vehicle parked in that area or a hunter on an ATV or UTV, we would like that information.’”
If you think Nevada doesn’t seem like your typical moose habitat, you’d be right; estimates put only around 30 of these animals living within The Silver State.
Don’t be alarmed by that number, however, as moose are considered of “least concern” when it comes to their population status, with no threat of pushing them into “endangered” status without an enormous shift in hunting habits.