How to Field Judge a Moose

Moose hunting

If you want to learn how to field judge a moose, here are a few quick tips…

  • From the side, the tips of the palms should nearly touch the hump on the bulls back. The brow tines should reach halfway down the bridge of the nose.
  • There should be palmation between the front brow tines, not just two or three long spikes.
  • From the front, look for at least 10 inches of open space between the bulls body, and the inner edges of the palm. Another way, is to use the ears. A mature bull has ears that measure roughly 30 inches from tip to tip. The ears themselves are 9 to 10 inches long each. If there’s an extra ear length of antler spread on either side, he’s pushing 50 inches. The widest spread measurement is only counted once. So, it’s not a huge factor in final score.
  • The length and width of the palms are super important. You can also use the ears to estimate the width of each palm. Palms should be at least as wide as the ears are long.
  • Be warned, body size can vary greatly, so be cautious, especially in areas that have a width minimum.

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