Record moose taken by Fairfax woman bowhunter

By Eric Miller

Tammy Miller of Fairfax poses with a 931 pound bull moose she took on the second day of Vermont’s archery moose season.  Her bull topped the previous archery record 919-pound moose taken last year by Kevin Rice.

Archery record set last year broken by Miller’s bull moose

Pre-season scouting in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom paid off on the second morning of the state’s archery moose hunt for Tammy Miller of Fairfax, Vt.

Using a compound bow, Miller took a 931-pound bull moose with an antler spread of 53 ¾ inches on Friday, Oct. 2 while hunting in Norton with her husband, Eric. Miller’s huge bull topped the 919 pound previous archery record moose taken last year by Kevin Rice.

“Five weekends of hard scouting enabled us to be hunting in an area with good moose trails and scrapes,” said Miller. “After being in the area for a few minutes Friday morning, we heard the bull raking branches not far away, but it seemed to be moving away. Eric raked some nearby branches with a moose scapula and called by mouth to imitate another bull moose. Fifteen minutes later the bull appeared about 15 yards away, presenting a nice shot.”

“It was the hunting experience of a lifetime,” she added.

Vermont’s archery moose season began Oct. 1 and ended Oct. 7. The regular moose season is Oct.17-22.

“A total of 225 regular firearms moose season permits and 40 archery moose season permits were issued for Vermont’s 2015 regulated moose hunt in order to sustain Vermont’s moose population in balance with available habitat,” said Cedric Alexander, Vermont’s moose biologist.  “Congratulations to Tammy Miller for a well-planned hunt and taking a new archery record Vermont moose.”

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