Moose Hunting Facts

As Hunting Consultants, we’re often in conversation with hunters looking to go hunt moose for the first time.Moose hunting is something that even the most well traveled high budget hunters only do a few times in their lifetime. Not because they aren’t enjoyable, but more that they are a bucket list species.

Unless you’re a local, once you have gotten the one you are looking for, most call it good. For that reason, 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. With every hunter we speak to, we give them my two cents on how to decide where to go and how much money to spend. The goal of this post will be to give you some (hopefully helpful) moose hunting facts.

Moose Hunting Facts

There is a lot of grey area in the moose hunting sub-species classifications so I won’t argue those points but simply break it down based on regions starting south and going north. Keep in mind that as moose progress north, they have adapted to the cold by increasing their body mass and their antler size has followed suit (general rule is further north you go the bigger the moose).

They are one of the most fragile species to weather, predation and habitat conditions. If you will be hunting a hunt reliant on calling in dense terrain, pray for cool weather or it’s likely you won’t even see a bull. It’s nice to hunt areas that have both spotting capabilities along with moose calling as hunting strategies in case it gets warm. It’ll increase your odds.

Also, know that there are not many hunts anywhere where you will see more than just a couple bulls on your hunt. The moose per square mile with their sedentary ways makes for most hunts to be lots of work to see a few bulls. This is one area where we see a ton of misinformation.

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Shiras Moose

Shiras moose found mostly in the Rocky mountains of the western US is the smallest of all the subspecies. British Columbia, Alberta, Washington, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming and Utah all have moose hunts. Typically, drawing a tag is the tough part, but there are a number of ways to get Conservation Tags or Landowner Vouchers. Our British Columbia hunt is one of the only over-the-counter Shiras moose hunts available.

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.

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You should check into our Newfoundland moose hunting lodge if you need an Eastern Canada moose. It is top notch, and high success. This hunt is popular with our hunters going for their North American 29.Contact us for Pricing and Availability

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, Yukon, Northwest Territories, Nunavut, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota and North Dakota.

Many of these hunts are associated with agriculture, and have a decent amount of resident pressure on the bulls. This can limit trophy quality to 20-40 inch averages, but there are pockets that produce better bulls. Our Peace River moose hunt in Alberta makes a great archery hunt. You’ll see lots of moose and can ambush bulls coming out of the fields.

British Columbia has the biggest Western Canada bulls on average. The key to trophy 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. North of Smithers a guy can actually get into 60 inch bulls.

Alaska Moose

Alaska is also all about remoteness and even then you may be competing with resident hunters in some areas. Good Alaska moose hunts  will run from $14,00-$22,000 (and sometimes even more), and most good ones will average around 55-65 inches with some bulls pushing up to 70 inches.

Many of the best areas are on draws and in our opinion this is one of the best ways to hunt AK bulls if you are patient enough to wait till you draw. 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.

If you’re tough, and can get on the waiting list, check out our unguided moose hunt in Alaska. Here are some helpful tips if you want to go the unguided route.

Russia

Kamchatka has some giant bulls that are very comparable to Alaska-Yukon moose in Alaska. Bulls will average from 51-63 inches, and you can’t find a better value for trophy bulls…however, in general, moose hunts in Russia are just not consistent enough for our taste. Most outfitters over there hunt mostly from helicopters, and that’s just not a hunt we like to associate with.

We hope you find this helpful. Contact us if you’re thinking about going on a moose hunt.

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8 thoughts on “Moose Hunting Facts

  1. David Grant says:

    "Moose hunting is something that even the most well traveled high budget hunters only do a few times in their lifetime." lol Im assuming you mean for guided hunts…Cause we do it every year in BC lol

    • Cory Glauner says:

      Yes. We aren’t as lucky as you David. Good luck this season.

  2. David Grant says:

    "Moose hunting is something that even the most well traveled high budget hunters only do a few times in their lifetime." lol Im assuming you mean for guided hunts…Cause we do it every year in BC lol

  3. Pat Murphy says:

    I booked a 13 day moose bow hunt in British Columbia, flew to Whitehorse drove couple hours to catch a float plane that dropped me at a camp with one guide.

    When I booked this trip and since I was bow hunting, the outfitter said he would put me with a experienced guide. As the plane fly away, I found out my guide had never hunted Moose. He did not know how too swim or maneuver a canoe. I saved him after he turned our canoe over half way through the hunt. Bottom line – the trip could have been deadly, the guide was not prepared and knew nothing about survive or Moose hunting. Never saw a moose he did not know how to call or rattle. We ran across another hunter that shot two bulls and said he saw a 60 inch walk by our camp. The outfitter blamed no moose due to wolves.

    Trip cost me over 14,000, is there any recourse
    I am 59 relative good shape, interested in a respectable Moose doesn’t need to be a record. Going to be retired before the end of the year – assuming taking hunt cancellation maybe the more cost effective hunt

    Any recommendations

    • Cory Glauner says:

      Pat, I’m sorry to hear about your hunt.

      Unfortunately there are MANY hunts that are substandard out there. That is what keeps us in business. We weed out the bad ones and line hunters up with the best outfitters in the business. It costs nothing for the hunter, so it’s only prudent to use a good hunting consultant.

  4. Scott Wiese says:

    I’m looking to booking a moose rut hunt around Fort Nelson BC. Not sure the best dates to catch the rut. The outfitter offered me Sept 18-25 or Oct. 6-17. Thanks in advance.

    • Outdoors International says:

      We will be in touch with you Scott.

  5. Cory Glauner says:

    Someday I’ll do that unguided moose hunt in Alaska.

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