If you use these hunting tips not only you will see more moose, you will get closer to them and quite possibly harvest the moose of a lifetime.
Do you want to increase your chances of getting a moose this fall? I suggest you read about and put to practice these best tips for getting moose.
We see a lot of other hunters out in areas where we hunt moose, the majority seem to just drive around, hoping that by some chance they might see a moose within a reasonable distance of the road. Unbelievably, they do not even get out of their vehicles!
To increase your success rates you have to get out and look where the moose live… preferably away from human traffic.
We have to admit though (sheepishly); we have done some road hunting and taken a few moose this way too. Actually road hunting is a good way to get familiar with a new area. The point is, if you get out of your truck and get away from the roads and people you are going to see more moose.
For your information in many provinces it is illegal to hunt over bait (enhanced food).
Read on to find out how to apply some of our best moose hunting tips.
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 setup 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.
- Preseason Scouting and Calling will definitely be to your advantage.
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.
- Moose Hunting in November
- Identify and learn to hunt the prime moose habitat.
Tools to Use
The Moose Hunting Tips eBook – The Ultimate Guide to Moose Hunting can help you. Quite simply it’s the largest collection of moose hunting tips and techniques available in one place.
We’ve run into more than one hunter over the years who mentioned the fact that they had to go to town for WiFi service to read up on hunting tips. Well no more.
Download them, print them out or install them onto your electronic device. That way you can have them with you even in the field.
The following are some great tips to observe:
- 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.
- 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.
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
- Tip for hunting cow and calf moose, 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
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.
As a moose hunter, it doesn’t matter if you are a novice or an expert, we all strive for the same result. Get close enough to a moose (bull, cow or calf) and make the shot. If we know enough it’s easier to close the distance, what if we don’t? How can we get just a few more ideas on closing the gap?
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