Can we talk Moose?

Discussion in 'Big Game Hunting' started by wl704, Jan 27, 2021.

  1. Borgy76

    Borgy76 Weekend Warrior

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    Bucket list, but I'm thinking sweden, Finland, or even Russia will be easier and cheaper than US.
     
  2. Retired2Hunt

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    I've only hunted Colorado as a resident and for cow moose. If you want a bull moose then don't go there as it will be 15+ years before you get picked. However, Maine has some great moose hunting. Check out https://twitter.com/JamesPmghunter on Twitter or check out Hunting (schanzsguideservice.com) - both are great guides and reasonable in pricing.
     
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    I live in NH and at 67 I would have to be reincarnated and start applying while still in utero to stand a reasonable chance of getting a permit in my next life.
     
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    I don't know where you are, but my son and I drove with trailer/boat from Colorado to Alaska for moose plus other. We both went for a total cost of around 2500. We used google earth where to put in; prepare for log jams, therefore bring chainsaw. We hunted moose for a week, and only saw a few, which were below size requirement. We had a blast, and the following year returned and got 2 bears. I think diy if you have the time; very affordable; tags, fuel, food and maybe a hotel during drive there.
     
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    I've got a sister in Derry... Wrong end of the state, but I've considered putting in for NH... I'm >only< 55...
     
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    I'm only 4350 miles, a mere 74 hr drive from Anchorage... In NC. Given that distance, driving probably wouldn't be my plan if I were hunting AK.

    I'd probably need to look at a guide, taxi or drop camp sort of arrangement for an AK or Canada hunt. As I travel a lot (when we don't have a global pandemic) for work, getting to major airlines or stays in hotel chains like in bigger hubs/cities (Anchorage, Vancouver, Edmonton, Saskatoon, Prince George) would likely be points.

    Past those destinations, is be putting pen to paper to consider air, lodging, baggage/shipping and other costs & logistics.

    But awesome info on the boat and chainsaw... Not sure it would've entered my mind.
     
  7. trial153

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    Alaska:
    Guided/outfitted ...15k-25k. Gets you into some very good areas. With great outfitters.
    Alaska unguided: 7-10k that's with transporter to fly you in or fly in then float ect. I hear lots of guys say you can do it all in for about 5k with tags, flights and getting the meat home.....I have yet do it even close to 5k. This year's trip was about 8k plus all in for caribou.
    Pros to Alaska. Excellent trophy potential, easy tags, DIY.
    Cons: unless you fly in expect resident and nonresident pressure.
    Logistics can be challenging at times.


    Western Canada. Northern BC and Yukon 15 to 30K guided and outfitted, big moose, awsome county. You will have to go through an outfitter anywhere in Canada to get tags.
    Tough logistics, expect two days of travel at least on each end.

    Southwestern Canada, slightly cheaper. Easier travel 10-15k fully outfitted in good areas, smaller moose, lower densities then Eastern Canada

    Wester US.. Unless you started 25 years ago collecting points, forget it. Your chance of drawing a tag is less then .01%

    Central Canada, Ontario....skip this at all costs. Lots of half ass outfitter, party tags and generally poor areas with lots of resident pressure.

    Eastern US.... Again without a boat load of points the odds of drawing a tag in Maine or NH are almost nonexistent.

    Newfoundland, 5-8k for a fly in hunt fully guided and outfitted.Lots of moose. No trophy potential to speak of. Easy logistics, either drive to Nova Scotia and take the ferry from North Sydney or fly into Deer lake. Lots of good outfitters, lots of moose. Easy logistics. Very high success rates.
    Cons, stay away from drive in camps which are cheaper, you will have way more pressure and younger age class of animals.

    Hope this helps
     
  8. Oldcarp

    Oldcarp Die Hard Bowhunter

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    I have 20 preference points for moose for Utah. My odds are not that great for getting a tag. I am 59 and I hope to get it before I’m 70
     
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    I'm from Prince George BC

    Check for reviews and references, hiring a guide/Outfitters. Better paying 15k than taken on a sight seeing tour. Former x assistant guide, Lakes district Lodge. 2010.
    This territory is heavily hunted by locals.
    Ps moose n mule deer constantly nible on my willow bushes n bow hay bale targets. lol.
     
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    Well, it is time again to start planning if you haven't already. I decided to hunt Moose in Alaska. The 1st time netted us zero, although saw a few, but nothing legal. I am driving with a trailer, 2 boats, 1 9hp outboard motor, chest freezer, generator, 4 large coolers/ think they are 120 or 140 qrt, I forget lol, but their in the shed, chainsaw and 6 5gal jugs of fuel. I have planned a 2 week float trip for my son and I. He is working, and he can only get 14-16 days off from work. I will drive to Alaska, recon the put in and take out river spots, hang out a week, and pick my son up in Fairbanks. I know with Covid, notifying/scheduling Canada boarder crossing will be necessary; they hate us. We are taking our bows and rifles. I will ship our handguns since our northern haters don't allow handguns in their lovely country. Good luck to everyone
     
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    We are all North American.
    Canucks. Are just envious.
    We can't have the same toy's, lol.
    So Welcome thru Canada, nabourly tourist.
    Good luck hunting.
     
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    I went to AK for the first time this past September with a good friend on an unguided fly-in hunt. The 50" min can be intimidating, but there are plenty of resources to educate you on that. I went into it banking on the 4 brows on a side, but ended up shooting a moose with 2 and 3 but surpassed the 50" mark. In terms of cost, "door to door", my total was $5,300 and I cannot see any of my future trips up there being any cheaper than that. Everything went smoothly, some costs were split 50/50, and again EVERYTHING went smoothly. I can see how unexpected's can add up quick. Feel free to message me with any detail questions, I will be happy to help out answering. 4815F462-DAC9-474D-AF33-D7D2A7316895.jpeg
     
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    I can talk moose if you are paying for my tags and the trip? I mean have a little heart already. Sheesh.
     
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    congrats, that's an awesome pic and trophy.

    What the hell were you using? 30MM?

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    Guessing .338 something?
     
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    That was a .340 Wby Mag. There was a lot of bears in that unit, although we never had an encounter. Rather have it and not need it... was my thinking on the round.
     
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    thanks. I knew it was bigger than a .300 WinMag. Was thinking the rounds were long like a .338 Lapua but the neck was much shorter. So there you go.

    Don't see many .340s around. Nice
     
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    ILbowhntr Weekend Warrior

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    Double radius shoulder should have been a give a way that it is a Weatherby.
     
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    thanks, Chuck Hawks!
     
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    And I was gonna invite ya down to shoot one!
     
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    just busting your chops.

    Not a big fan of shooting slobberknockers like that. Couple rounds from the bench every year to make sure my my friend's .300WMG is still zeroed every season is enough for me.

    Appreciate the almost-offer, but if I wanted to get my butt kicked I'd come home drunk and tell my old lady that I think she should start going to the gym.
     
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