Big Game Hunting Tactics and Strategies
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There are 3 species of moose roaming about. The largest are the
Moose hunting begins during August in
Pre-rut, your best chances is to cover ground looking at meadows, swamps, sub-alpine areas, cut lines, and slashes coupled with calling to find moose.
During the rut, cow calling will be the most successful strategy. Remember to hang out around the swamps and wallows. Some people like bull grunting but most guides prefer cow calling and it seems like that is your best strategy to bag a bull moose.
Moose hunting ends at the end of October were I hunt. Then the moose are finished the rut. It is definitely easier to hunt moose during the rut as they are responsive to calling.
I touched on this already but cow calling is your main tool on a moose hunt. Don’t go out and buy moose calls unless it is the birch bark cone. I found most commercial moose calls sounding worse then clasping your hands to make the call. You can roll up a piece of birch bark in a cone shape to use as a call. A milk jug with a hole and a rope going through it can make a good call, just add water. I’ve even seen an old timer out there with a pylon, and that made a good call.
To make the thrashing sound of a bull you can beat the willow bushes with a big stick or a paddle. Some moose hunters even use the paddles as antlers to fool a big moose. Sometimes bull grunting and willow thrashing is the best ticket to get the bulls in close for that archery shot.
Moose have huge noses and ears, so I can only surmise that they hear and smell very well. I use “mare in heat” urine to douse my hat and boots. You can even dampen a rag and carry it in your pocket. You can set up a doused cloth 50 yards from your blind/stand.
Generally the farther north you go the bigger the moose will be so don’t be holding out for an Alaskan sized rack if you are hunting in Montana. Secondly all moose look huge so forget judging body size to find a trophy. You want to look for a couple main antler characteristics to see if your bull moose is mature. If it has the tri-palm bottoms (3points on the bottom paddles on each side), it most likely is mature. If it has big, wide, and tall paddles on top it is a mature bull. If it has short skinny top paddles or no paddles, it is a dink. Immature bulls are referred to as spike bulls as they have not yet developed paddles.
Posted November 30, -1 by Justin Ott