Legal Length of Moose Antler
Moose Tine Measurement
How long does a immature or spike fork moose antler have to be?
Great Question Sadie!
The following excerpt is from the British Columbia Hunting Regulations.
HUNTING AND TRAPPING SYNOPSIS 2014 - 2016Definitions:
Antlered Animal - means a member of the deer family over one year of age bearing visible bony antlers.
Buck or Bull - with reference to deer, moose, or elk means one bearing visible bony antlers.
Moose - Spike-fork Bull - means a bull moose having no more than two tines on one antler. (Includes tines on main antler and brow palms.) Does not include a calf.
The BC hunting synopsis state that a bull moose would be more than one year of age and have bony antlers showing. That means you should be able to see bone sticking above the hairline on the moose head.
Now the regulation for a tine (see the picture) measurement shows that a tine needs to be 2.54 centimeters (or 1") in height and 2.54 cm (or 1") wide measured down 2.54 cm (or 1") from the tip.
Calf moose that are 7 - 10 months of age can develop antlers that would show as minute bony projections. This moose cannot be harvested under the spike/fork regulation as it is still classified as a calf. (see picture)
I would suggest* that an antler would have to meet the tine measurement rule in order to be classified as an antler. In other words, the antler should protrude above the hairline at least 2.54 cm (or 1") and measure at least 2.54 cm (or 1") wide along the hairline.
If the antler is really small, and the moose has a short face, it is probably a calf and should be left alone to grow another year.If in doubt, contact your local Conservation Office
or call Service BC
elsewhere in BC 1-800-663-7867 to clarify.BC HUNTING AND TRAPPING SYNOPSIS
Thanks ~ MarkAll photos are courtesy of BC Hunting and Trapping Synopsis
*(disclaimer: my interpretation only)