Steven Zehr of Walpole, New Hampshire, turned himself in after shooting the animal on private land on the morning of November 25, according to Stephen Litwhiler, a spokesman for the state Department of Environmental Conservation.
Litwhiler said Zehr was in a tree stand and mistook the moose, which weighed nearly 690 pounds, for an antlered deer. It was about 10 a.m. when the moose was killed. Zehr was charged with illegally taking wild game, a misdemeanor, and paid a $1,200 civil fine.
Because Zehr, who was fifty-three, had taken a buck earlier in the week, he should not have been hunting deer in the first place, Litwhiler said. Consequently, he also pleaded guilty to hunting without a valid license, a violation, and agreed to donate $125 to a conservation fund.
Litwhiler said a wildlife pathologist did a postmortem examination of the moose—which was two and a half years old—and found nothing unusual.
The moose was the second shot in the state this past fall. As reported in the Almanack, a female moose calf was shot along the Tahawus Road in Newcomb. The caretaker of the Santanoni Club reported finding the carcass on November 1. DEC has not determined who shot that moose.
Moose vanished from the state in the 1800s but have made a comeback in recent decades after dispersing from New England and Canada. DEC estimates that the state has six hundred to a thousand moose, mostly in the Adirondacks.
Hunting moose is illegal in New York State.