We work with wide variety of moose hunting guides and outfitters in all of the major moose hunting areas. Shiras moose hunts, unguided drop camps, trophy Alaska-Yukon bulls, Newfoundland moose hunting from a lodge, etc. Some of them are great trophy quality, limited entry tags, and some are OTC. Whatever suits you, we can help you find it. So if you’re looking for a great hunt, you’ll love working with us.
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Our moose hunt was very well organized, and my son and I had a great time. We were lucky enough to see tons of moose, and luckier to have been able to harvest two great bulls and share the memories together.
I had a great trip, a great moose hunt, and shot a fantastic bull. Josh, Connor, and D.J. were excellent, I didn’t want to leave, it was like leaving old friends. The place we stayed in was super nice, and the meals great. I can’t wait to go back.
Field Judging Moose
Most hunters are only concerned with antler spread, however, for the official Boone and Crockett Club or Safari Club International score, you also factor in the length or height of each palm, the width of each palm, the points on each antler and the circumference at the base of each antler.
The widest spread measurement is only counted once and it is not the most important when it comes to its score. In terms of overall contribution to the animal’s final score, it is palm length and width that really pile up the scoring points.
Things you need to look at to judge a bull in the field:
- From a side view, the tips of the palms should nearly touch the hump on the bulls back, and 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, with the ears themselves being 9 to 10 inches long each. If the bull has an extra earl length of antler spread on either side, his is close to 50 inches wide.
- 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.
How to Choose Where to Hunt Moose
We can help you get the right information to find a moose hunt that would satisfy your expectations, physical condition and budget.
Moose hunting is something that even the most well traveled high budget hunters only do a few times in their lifetime. It’s important that you have the proper information to find the hunt that would satisfy your trophy quality expectations, physical condition level and budget. There is a lot of grey area in the moose hunting sub-species classifications, so we’ll attempt to break it down based on regions.
Shiras moose are found in the Rocky mountains of the western US is the smallest of all the subspecies. It’s also one of the most difficult tags to draw. Some states like Utah have moose tags you can buy but you’ll pay a pretty penny for them. Those hunts often will require very good physical condition and the hunts will run around $13,000 with guaranteed tags. Average bulls on a good hunt will run about 30-40 inches wide, but a fifty inch bull is a possibility.
Moose in Maine are considered Eastern Canada Moose and can be a very tough draw as well, even though this state has the highest population in the lower 48 states. The hunts are around $4,500 if you draw a tag, or you can buy Governor’s Tags for around $12-$15,000 at auction. Shooter bulls there are 38-50 inches.
Eastern Canada Moose
The Eastern Canada Moose (Alces alces Americana) is slightly smaller than the Western Canada Moose, with significantly smaller antlers, and a darker, blackish-brown coloration and reduced saddle area. The eastern moose’s range spans a broad swath of northeastern North America which are in New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador (native to Labrador, introduced to Gander Bay, NF in 1878 and to Howley, NF in 1904), Nova Scotia, Quebec, Eastern Ontario, Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and northern New York.
Everything east of Saskatchewan, as a general rule, will have smaller bulls from 20-40 inches, but the prices can be from $4,000-$7,000. Buyer beware on these hunts, as it has been our experience that many of these hunts can be a train wreck and you really have to know who you will be hunting with before you book. Be very careful of cheap hunts in this area. WITH MOOSE YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR!!!!
We have an exceptional moose hunt in Newfoundland if you want to hunt Eastern Canada moose.
Western Canada Moose
The Western Canada moose is the second largest North American subspecies of moose, second to the Alaskan moose. The Western moose inhabits British Columbia, eastern Yukon, Northwest Territories, southwestern Nunavut, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, western Ontario, the upper peninsula of Michigan, northern Wisconsin, northern Minnesota, and northeastern North Dakota.
Many of these hunts are associated with agriculture, and have a decent amount of resident pressure on the bulls, limiting trophy quality to 20-40 inch bull averages in some areas. There are pockets that produce better bulls but for the most part this is just a moose hunt. What we do like about these farm country hunts, like our Peace River moose hunt in Alberta is you will see many bulls during your hunt. It’s a great spot and stalk hunt and can be conducive to archery as many times you can ambush bulls coming out of the fields. Hunts here range from $5,500-$7,000.
British Columbia, in our opinion, is the place to hunt large bulls with a good bang for the buck. The key to moose hunting in British Columbia is getting remote by horse, or float plane. The further back you go the better the bulls will be. Bulls in BC, especially northern BC can push over that magical 50 inch mark. A 50 inch bull in the Prince George are is definitely a shooter, and north of Smithers a guy can actually get into 60 inch bulls. Hunts for bulls in BC that average 40-50 will cost between $7000-$10,000, and further north with 50-60+ inch bulls a guy will pay $10-$14,000, and likely have a extra fee for a float plane.
Alaska is also all about going remote for giant bulls, and even then you may be competing with resident hunters in some areas. Good Alaska moose hunts will run from $14,00, up to (and sometimes over) $25,000 for 55-65 inch bulls, with some pushing up to 70 inches. Alaska’s high costs are all about plane flights. It’s very expensive to get you remote, but even more, it’s expensive to get your moose back out.
How to Call Moose
So you’re going on a moose hunt and you want to learn how to call moose… well, luckily calling a moose is fairly easy.
The only equipment you need is something to amplify your voice, usually a cone of some sort, and some moose hunters only use their cupped hands. A traditional moose call is made out of birch bark. There are two main moose calls, the cow moose call and the bull moose call.
Unguided Moose Hunts
Before you book an unguided moose hunt, here’s some food for thought.
Moose hunting can be very expensive, but I believe a fully guided hunt should be seriously considered, not only will your trophy quality (probably) go up, but so will success. An unguided hunt is less money, and we have a good one. However, it’s physically difficult and success rates are lower. I know it’s tempting, but not many hunters are prepared for this hunt. Be realistic about your abilities and let us help you book the right hunt for you.
Here’s what our DIY hunters say about our drop camps:
Excellent caribou hunt from start to finish. Life long friends and memories will forever be remembered!
Our moose hunt was very well organized, and my son and I had a great time. We were lucky enough to see tons of moose, and luckier to have been able to harvest two great bulls and share the memories together.
Overall it was an awesome experience and we are already planning our return trip! Oh, and did I mention the fishing was great? My only regret is that I got nervous at the end and shot a small bull and then in the last few hours of the hunt my son-in-law shot a really great bull and he was accompanied by another big bull that just danced around out on the tundra after the other bull was down…I guess he knew I was tagged out. Overall it was an awesome experience and we are already planning our return trip! Oh, and did I mention the fishing was great? We caught lots of grayling and lake trout to top it all off.
Suggested Gear List for an Unguided Hunt in Alaska
This gear list was put together by Outdoors International Hunting Consultant, Kyle Hanson who has been on our DIY moose hunt twice. Based on what he learned on his first hunt, he has revised his list to what you see below. You can see the notes from his first hunt at the bottom of this article.
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The first thing to consider is weight.
- Outfitted camps: gear is limited to 60 pounds per person – to include personal gear, weapon, -20 rated sleeping bag/pad, pack frame, field dressing equipment and game bags.
- If you bring your own camp: weight limits are 120 pounds of gear per person.
- Hunters will be weighed prior to flying into the field:
- For any two hunter group with a combined weight over 440 pounds, an additional surcharge will be required in the amount of $500.
- For any two hunter group with a combined weight over 520 pounds, an additional surcharge will be required in the amount of $1,000.
Gear for Camp
Tent: Cabelas Geodesic 6 man *33.15 lb.
Cots: Cabelas lightweight x2 *22.15 lb.
Tarps: 2-3x Lightweight 10×10 ft. *5 lb.
Stove: Coleman 2 burner *8.95 lb.
Lantern: Primus Micron *.27 lb.
Heater: Mr. Heater Little Buddy *4.29 lb.
Chairs: x2 Tillak Sika Ultralight Camp Chair *3.64 lb.
Cook set: Primus Litech pot/pan *2.02 lb.
Utensils: GSI kitchen set *1.16 lb.
Long spoon x2: *.1 lb.
Plate, bowl, cup set x2: Fozzils sets *.5 lb.
Drink ware: Yeti Rambler Bottle *1 lb.
Pocket Boiler: Primus ETA Lite *.9 lb.
TP & Paper towels: *2 lb. (2 rolls paper towels, 6 rolls TP)
Aluminum foil: *.55 lb.
Soft sided Cooler: *.85 lb.
Propane & Isobutane Canisters: Purchase in Alaska as you can’t take them on a plane
Salt for Capes: Purchase in Alaska or prior to trip 5-10 pounds
Total weight: 86.53 lb. (not including fuel and salt)
Breakfasts: Off Grid Predator Fuel and “real food” (egg beaters, sausage &/or bacon)
Lunches: Misc. dehydrated & real food (Off Grid, Peak Refuel, Mountain House, PB&J, Salami cheese n’ bagel)
Dinners: Off Grid, Peak Refuel, Mountain House
Snacks: Probars, Probar Bolt Energy Chews, Dehydrated snacks, jerky, PB
Coffee: Dark Timber packs
Drink mixes: Hot Chocolate mix, Propel packs, Renu go packs
Real food for breakfasts & lunch: Meats, egg beaters, bread, PB&J
Seasonings & Olive oil: Garlic powder, Sea Salt, & Pepper, Olive oil packets and small bottle
Supplements/daily vitamins etc.
Total weight: 25-30 lb. or less
5 gal collapsible jug: GSI folding cube x2 *1.4 lb.
Bladder in pack: 4L MSR Dromlite with drink hose*.37 lb. (may forgo hose attachment)
Nalgene Bottle: Bottle with human gear cap *.44 lb.
Chemical or pill form: Aquamira A&B *.14 lb.
Steripen; Classic Steripen with batteries *.41 lb.
Pump: Katadyn Hiker Pro *.92 lb.
Total weight: 3.68 lb.
Game Processing Gear to Take to Camp
Game bags Moose & Bear: TAG Bags, Caribou bags or Black Ovis Game Bags
Knives & blades: Havalon Piranta & Baracuta
Gloves: HME Kits
550 cord: 50ft reflective orange
Citric acid: Caribou gear kits
Large Contractor Bag
Total weight: 5.31 lb.
Game Processing Gear to Leave at the Hangar
Packaging for skull: bubble wrap, shrink wrap, cardboard, duct tape, packaging tape
Meat storage/freezer bags: Gallon & Quart Ziploc freezer bags
Knife set & sharpener: Outdoor edge kit
Hard Cooler: Igloo 100
Rifle & ammo: *11 lb.
Pistol & ammo: *5 lb. (optional)
Hard travel case: Pelican 2 rifle with customizable foam *N/A
Soft case for small plane travel: *1.14 lb. (optional)
Total weight: 17.14 lb.
Base layers top/bottom: Sitka Merino Core top/Bottom, First lite Merino boxers & T’s x2 *1.96 lb.
Intermediate layer top: Sitka Heavyweight Core Hoodie *.9 lb.
Puffy top: Kifaru Full Zip Parka*1.45 lb.
Soft-shell top: Sitka Jetstream *1.49 lb. (optional)
Vest: Sitka Mountain Vest *.52 lb. (optional)
Pant bottom: Sitka Timberline *1.89 lb.
Rain Gear Top: Sitka Kodiak *1.94 lb.
Rain Gear bottom: Sitka Stormfront *1.54 lb.
Gloves: Sitka Mountain & Merino liners *.44 lb.
Beanie/Hat: Sitka Jetstream & Merino, Baseball cap *.39
Lightweight bug net: Sea to Summit *.1 lb.
Extra Clothing: Sitka Apex top/ bottom, lightweight core hoodie, Sitka Kelvin Active puffy, Exofficio Give & Go boxer *3.5 lb. (Extra Base Layer, boxer, pant, mid layer, puffy)
Total weight: 16.12 lb.
Hiking boots: Lowa Tibet GTX *5.13 lb.
Rubber boots: Irish Setter neoprene uninsulated *4.29 lb. (may forgo)
Gators: Outdoor Research *.63 lb. (may use Sitka Stormfront)
Waders: Match your waders to the area you will be hunting. Consult with your outfitter. *.9 lb.
Socks: Darn Tough & Farm to Feet 4 pair *.75 lb.
Total weight: 11.7 lb.
Sleeping Bag: Kifaru 20 degree Slick Bag *2.84 lb.
Air pad: Big Agnes Q-core SLX *1.56 lb.
Pillow: Nemo *.19 lb.
Woobie: Kifaru *1.89 lb. (optional)
Total weight: 6.48 lb.
Pack frame/bag combo: EXO 500 or Kifaru Hunter frame, DT2 bag, Guide Lid, small belt pouch, Nalgene pouch *7.38 lb.
Hauling attachments: Cargo net & lashing strap, & gun bearer *1.5 lb.
Walking sticks: Easton Carbon Trekkers *1.05 lb.
Lightweight tarp: Kifaru Sheep tarp with MSR Groundhog pegs*.9 lb.
Total weight: 10.83 lb.
Binoculars & harness: Vortex Razor 10×42, Sitka Bino harness *2.86 lb. (w/rangefinder & pouch)
Rangefinder & pouch: Leupold TBR 1000, FHF pouch ***
Bino tripod adapter with qd plate: FOR adapter w/qd plate *.19 lb.
Spotting scope with qd plate: Vortex Razor 27-60x85mm angled w/qd plate *4.38 lb.
Tripod & head: Slik 624, Manfrotto 700RC2 panhead *2.93 lb.
Foam butt pad: Z seat *.08 lb.
Cleaning items: Lens cloth, Lens pen *.2 lb.
Total weight: 10.64 lb.
Phone with case: *.55 lb.
Phone Scope bracket: *.08 lb.
External chargers: Poseidon x2 *.55 lb.
Charging cords: Poseidon cord, Suunto cord, wall charger *.24 lb.
Flashlights: Petzl Tikka & E-lite headlamps *.19 lb.
Total weight: 1.61 lb.
Total weight: .79 lb.
Batteries: AAA & AA Energizer Lithium Ion
Patch kit: Misc. glues and tenacious tape patches
Weapon cleaning & maint. Kit: Leatherman Skelatool CX w/ bit set, misc. small tools for rifle & oil (bits for scope caps and lug bolts) *.5 lb.
Tape: duct tape & leuko tape
Fire kit: Trioxane, flint/steel, lighters, waterproof matches
Insect repellent: 100% deet
Extra 550 cord: 50-100 ft.
Total weight: 2 lb. or less
Call(s) and Decoy
Total weight: .9 lb.
Meds: pain killers, anti-diarrheal, antibiotics, energy
Total weight: 1 lb. or less
Dry Bags: Outdoor Research 55L & Ditty sacks
Compression sack: Kifaru 5 String Medium
Lightweight pullouts: Kifaru Lightweight Pullouts
Contractor bags: 1-2 Large heavy duty
Lightweight trash bags: 2-3 Hefty trash bags
Ziplocs: Quart & Gallon, small assortment
Total weight: 2-3lb or less
Tooth paste & brush
Total weight: 1.5 lb. or less
License & Tags (Non-Res Hunting License, Harvest tickets for bear & moose, Locking tags for Moose Bear & Wolf, everything signed)
Alaska Regulation booklet: Hard copy
Copy of Contracts: Both Agent and any from Outfitter/Transporter (Inside ziplock)
Transfer of possession forms: From Outfitter (inside ziplock)
Write in the rain journal and Pen
Total weight: 1.5 lb.
Hunter Body Weight: ___________
Overall Total Weight: 204.73 lb. + [Body weight]
*Weights will vary, but should get you close. Be sure to do your homework so that you are properly prepared for you hunt. If you have questions about this unguided moose hunt gear list, be sure to contact us or your outfitter.
Kyles gear notes on the 2016 Unguided Moose hunt gear list he used:
Clothing: Everything I used from my unguided moose hunt gear list performed well and kept us warm and dry. My father used almost the identical setup without any issues either. If I had to do it over again I would go with First Lite rain gear as it would have matched my kit better for layering. By the end of the trip I tore a couple eyelets out of my wading boots from hiking in them. Maybe go with a better boot. If given the chance I would have also liked to bring a slip on rubber boot for around camp. I highly recommend the Sea to Summit lightweight bug net.
Pack: Worked out awesome! That being said I believe any Kifaru pack combined with a grab-it would work just fine. Next go around I will probably bring the new cargo panel for ease of loading. It’s tough loading those giant moose parts into a tube style bag. Also, a guy can get by just fine with a more affordable frame style pack such as a Cabelas guide frame model. I saw a little bit of everything up there, the guys that had the hardest time packing were either smaller guys or they just didn’t prepare for it… nothing to do with the pack.
Shelter: Those tents are tough and affordable; my only complaint is that they can be a little tight for a longer hunt. More annoying than anything. I would bring my own shelter next time. If you are bringing your own I wouldn’t recommend a floorless tent as most of these areas don’t have the solid ground for it. Also don’t bring too large of a tent because the flat spots that you can find usually are not much bigger than the 4 man Cabelas tent we were provided.
Sleep System: I went with more of a lightweight backpacking setup than I really needed to. My father used a much larger Big Agnes 0 degree square camp bag with the big thick air paid that slides into it. You are on cots for ten plus days; make the best of it since you won’t be carrying camp with you!
Optics: I feel that a decent 10×40 or 8×40 is adequate. I didn’t bring a spotter but at times it would have been nice. Personal preference. I will be bringing a spotting scope next time.
Cook System: no issues
Food: We had the outfitter supply the food. It was just fine however some of the stuff was a little more elaborate than what I wanted to take the time to prepare. I would bring my own food next time consisting of things that are fast to prepare combined with some fresh items purchased in bethel. Starbucks instant coffee packs are awesome!
Water purification and storage: The Nalgene bottles were our go to. I kept a bladder in the tent next to my cot just to have handy for later at night. The outfitter supplied 5 gal collapsible water containers that were awesome to have on hand. The pump “clogged” right away. Come to find out I just needed to lube the seal. I’m not that versed in water purification, especially when it’s out of a stagnant lake so lesson learned there. We ended up just using the aquamira for the 5 gallon containers and then steripened what we poured into our water bottles just to be safe. Everything we cooked with got boiled so that works great also. Definitely recommend multiple purification sources as it just gives a guy more flexibility. I may go with a bigger bladder next time for camp water, maybe 6-10L MSR.
Fire starting kit: Definitely bring something as a fuel source such as wet fire or trioxane tablets. We waited until we killed both our bulls to have a campfire.
Kill Kit: Basically an overkill version of the one on Rokslide. The interchangeable blade knives are awesome. My theory on using the havalon and the outdoor edge was that I would use the larger thicker bladed outdoor edge for the main butchering and the havalon for the detail work and fine caping. Never broke a blade with either and they both performed exactly as I thought although I thought for sure I was going to break the folding outdoor edge while making the cut up the back of the hide.
Hygiene Kit: Definitely bring this!
Photography/Videography: My smartphone was my go to; I honestly never even got the gopro out of the tent because it was much more convenient just to reach in my pocket. That being said don’t forget external chargers, they are awesome. Dad’s solar charger only worked for brief periods on 2-3 days. Very over casted.
Comms: Would not go back without my Delorme! It was awesome!
Land Navigation: A decent GPS and a compass are important. Lots of these areas are flat and everything looks the same when you start getting away from camp. Especially in the alders, would be easy to get lost. Learn to use some kind of coordinates whether it is latitude/longitude or UTM grid coordinates simply because if something were to happen, being able to communicate precise location is necessary. Also good to set waypoints when you find good calling spots.
Weapons: I saw different setups from 7mm rem mag up to 338 lapua; the 300 win mag seemed to be the more common as well as the Barnes bullets. I’m very satisfied with my choice and wouldn’t hesitate to use it again. I also wouldn’t buy a new gun over it if you have something in that range. According to an article I read that surveyed 1500 moose hunters from Canada the most popular calibers were 270 win, 30-06, 308, 7mm rem, and 300 win mag. Side arms; matter of preference. I left it in the tent as something to make some noise with if something decided to get at us in the middle of the night. Thankfully that was a non-issue. The glock was fun for ptarmigan hunting after we shot our bulls.
Misc.: I used the crap out of all the stuff on that list. Kind of wish that I had brought the “Moose Magnet” calling funnel as I ended up making a makeshift funnel by the end that worked well. With the funnel it not only projects volume but gives you more of a raspy sound.