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Don’t be Confused by Moose when Hunting

With moose being reported throughout the Panhandle in recent months, the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is urging hunters this fall to be certain of their target before taking a shot.

Moose can be similar in appearance to other big game animals. Elk hunters especially will want to study game closely before firing a shot or releasing an arrow.

Since this spring, moose have occasionally been reported at locations from the western edge of the Panhandle eastward to Bridgeport and Sidney, and now farther north. The latest moose report was early this week — that of a young bull near Crawford in the northwest corner of the state.

Game and Parks officials also remind people to keep their distance from any moose they may encounter as some have been known to become aggressive.

About Justin Haag

Justin Haag has served the Commission as a public information officer in the Panhandle since 2013. His duties include serving as regional editor for NEBRASKAland Magazine. Haag was raised in southwestern Nebraska, where he developed a love for fishing, hunting and other outdoor pursuits. After earning a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Chadron State College in 1996, he worked four years as an editor and reporter at newspapers in Chadron and McCook. Prior to joining the Commission in 2013, he worked 12 years as a communicator at Chadron State, serving as the institution’s media and public relations coordinator the last five. He and his wife, Cricket, live in Chadron, and have two children.

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