- 2015 Federal Election
On moose hunting
Concentrate on one area.
Use the wind to your advantage, and use a wind indicator to detect the direction from which the air is flowing.
During the rut or breeding season, hunt near lakes and ponds.
Hunt for moose near food sources and water.
Hunt the fringe areas, away from where other hunters are, away from the roads and traffic.
Do not set up your camp on the edge of a likely hunting spot. Your noise and smells will chase any nearby moose away.
Study and learn about the difference between Core Areas and Home Range.
Learn to recognize the difference between fresh and old moose sign.
If you see or hear a moose just before or after dark, leave the area quietly and return early the next morning. The moose, if not spooked it will likely still be in the area.
Seasons to Hunt
Hunt during the moose rut... whenever possible.
Hunt higher elevations during the early season.
Late season moose hunting requires you to go deeper into the forest away from the openings. Be sure to carry a GPS or at the very least a compass for to ensure your safe return.
Identify and learn to hunt the prime moose habitat.
Tools to Use
Use a Moose Call and learn how to use a call. Then put moose calling to the test.
Use an old shoulder blade bone to rake trees (to imitate a bull moose thrashing a tree with his antlers).
Use a Montana Moose Decoy. The Cow Moose Decoy can be used to get the attention of a bull moose. Especially useful when you need to stalk a bull out in the open or when you have an incoming bull. Get the bull moose concentrating on the decoy and not you the shooter.
Make use of a trail camera for moose hunting. We have written a review of the Spypoint Trail Camera IR-7
Maximize your advantage by using elimination scents.
Carry 30 feet of rope in your pack. This can be used as an aid when field dressing. We recommend Runlock Rope as your hunting rope.
Hunting Clothing will make a Difference
Wear clothing that does not make any noise while you move. Fleece or wool is best. Also check out the entire line of Sitka Hunting Clothes. We have switched because the patterns make you invisible!
Cow and Calf Moose Hunting Tips:
Stay close to water sources. They use these areas for safety reasons. The biggest bulls will be attracted to these areas during the rut.
Learn how to mimic a calf moose in distress. Often, cow moose within hearing distance will come to investigate even when it is not her own calf.
Moose Hunting Safety
Drink clean water... be sure the water you drink is free of beaver fever.
Of course moose hunters always need to keep bear safety in mind while traveling in the woods.
Tell someone where you are hunting. Leave a map and time of expected return.
Look for fresh moose sign such as this rub... you’ll know there is a bull in the area!
Before and After the Shot
When tracking moose learn to recognize the circling patterns.
Decide on the best shot placement for moose.
Field dress your moose right away. It is very important to cool the meat as soon as you can; this helps prevent spoilage and gamey flavors.
Mark’s Four Best Hunting Tips:
1) Don’t spread yourself to thin. I’ll give you an example: One area where we hunt moose we concentrate our efforts over an area that stretches along 22 Kilometers of logging road. This area comprises of adjoining meadows and logged areas, not all of which are visible from the main road. Use topographical maps and Google Earth to study the area you hunt or are planning to hunt. Every year prior to hunting I use Google Earth as a study tool to refresh my memory. Get to know your area intimately and study the moose movements.
On a daily basis we just keep going back to the likely locations, then repeat. If on a particular day there isn’t a moose standing in the meadow that you are at, doesn’t mean there won’t be one there later. As long as you are in an area where moose live, eventually you’ll cross paths.
2) This is a very important tip for moose hunting: Use a moose call.
I gave a cow moose call and waited....the cow moose did not even look up, she just continued eating. After waiting about 10 minutes I called again, this time I received an instant response (commonly referred to as a grunt)...an unmistakable sound, a bull moose answered my moose call. He sounded like he was a long way off in the distance. I repeated the call nearly 10 minutes later, he answered again, and this time he sounded closer.
3) Use the wind to your advantage.
4) Hunt the Rut - The the mating season (Rut) for Moose in Canada is typically the last two weeks of September and goes though to near the end of October with the peak being the first two weeks of October. During this time moose are quite vocal and will frequently respond to a hunter using a cow moose call.
Mark Allardyce, known as “The Moose Man” is the owner of www.all-about-moose.com, a one-stop site that is extremely informative.