MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont Fish & Wildlife officials are calling this year's moose hunting seasons a success, with preliminary figures showing more of the animals being taken during the archery season and slightly fewer during the regular season.

The archery season, which ran from Oct. 1-7, saw 23 moose being taken. That was up from 17 during 2012's archery season.

The season for hunting moose with firearms ran from Oct. 19-24. Hunters this year took 197 of the animals during that season, down from 205 a year earlier.

Cedric Alexander, Vermont's moose project leader, says the overall hunter success rate was up slightly from last year. He says that was due in part to colder weather stimulating moose activity near the end of the season.