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Moose hunting
« on: December 04, 2018, 07:23:06 AM »
OK, here's the deal.  I'm 66 and have hunted deer all my life.  Whitetails in Wisconsin and Mule deer in South Dakota and Wyoming.  I am exclusively a spot and stalk hunter and enjoy a lot of walking. The thing is, I have a burning desire to hunt something else. before I am too old to do it.  I also don't want to spend $10,000 for a guide to hold my hand.  Because this may be a one time deal, it will be a gun hunt to increase my odds.
OK, this is where you all come in.  I need some suggestions for a hunt like I described.  It can be (preferably) Moose, Elk, Black bear. I know it's going to sound like I'm looking for the "perfect" hunt but really I'd just like input to help me narrow down my choices. I'd prefer fall versus heavy winter.  I'd prefer a little more rustic so as not to compete with a lot of hunters.  I'm not looking for a trophy, the experience is the main thing.  Lastly, cause this may be a one time hunt, I'd like a fairly high success rate situation. So, I'm hoping to tap into you all to give me some ideas.
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Re: Moose hunting
« Reply #1 on: December 04, 2018, 08:01:06 AM »
You might want to look into the New Hampshire moose hunt. It's a lottery and doesn't cost much to apply. While they have lowered the number of permits recently the success rate is still pretty good. Some zones are definitely better than others if you decide to go this route and need help picking zones let me know. My father has been drawn several times and been a subpermittee multiple times as well. He's yet to come home empty handed.

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Re: Moose hunting
« Reply #2 on: December 04, 2018, 08:12:08 AM »
Check with outfitters above you, in Canada, about a moose hunt!

Not all that far to travel and most of the Provinces have moose!
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Re: Moose hunting
« Reply #3 on: December 04, 2018, 08:15:53 AM »
Considering your parameters, I would remove Elk from the list.
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Re: Moose hunting
« Reply #4 on: December 04, 2018, 09:03:45 AM »
Maybe it would be different in other areas but Moose hunting in Maine would not be a spot and stalk type of hunt.  They have gone down over the years due to changes in the lottery but quite a good success rate for those that draw a tag.  If you could do some preseason scouting then setting up and calling over a chopping or a bog would have potential, but you better have a pack animal to get it out in that case, or you could get your walking in at that point, one steak at a time.  
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Re: Moose hunting
« Reply #5 on: December 05, 2018, 08:05:42 AM »
Consider a "semi guided" hunt. Your guide will have done the scouting to find a good area and will be able to help you get a harvested animal out of the woods. I have been moose hunting in Maine 4 times,  each time has gotten exponentially harder than the last. Many areas require a guide. Lottery areas may not be a good option for everyone,  it took my wife 19 years to be drawn in Maine. We are considering New Brunswick or Newfoundland for our next moose hunt. 
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Re: Moose hunting
« Reply #6 on: December 05, 2018, 09:00:26 AM »
I went to Newf in 72, 93, 97, 98, 99 got moose each time and a couple of Caribou.
Great place to visit and hunt but I believe you are required to have a guide or at least go with an outfitter.
Lots of walking involved and mostly glassing from vantage points then stalking sometimes from a mile or more away.
I'm sure it is now big $ to go.
I put in NH lottery a couple of times but the odds of getting struck by lightning are better, (Or worse depending how you look at it.)
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Re: Moose hunting
« Reply #7 on: December 05, 2018, 05:11:09 PM »
I love hunting elk - on the east side of the Cascades!. Too brushy west side for me. Only problem is getting the tag drawn. Most popular units it's every two or three years until I draw again. Some units with few tags, I know people who have gone 10-15 yrs until they're drawn.  BUT, if you are out of state, you have a better statistical chance of drawing - a certain percentage (maybe 5%) are set aside for non-residents. I am also a move around, stay put, move again type of hunter. Many an elk I have shot at close range while on foot. And sometimes so close no time to get a shot. Like three yrs ago!  Success rates of course vary with the hunter, but overall the state has a 14% (1 in 7) success rate.

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Re: Moose hunting
« Reply #8 on: December 05, 2018, 07:26:30 PM »
   Never been on a moose or elk hunt but I have vacationed all over the world and I can attest the best money I spent in almost every case was hiring a good guide. I have visited so many wonderfully interesting places where if I had not had the guide along advising me I would never have recognized how interesting and important it was. They got me access to places I could not and taught me things about local people, places and things I would never have known. Many times it would have been time and money wasted without that local expert advice. In many cases the guide did not have the answer but could take me to the person who did. 

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Re: Moose hunting
« Reply #9 on: December 06, 2018, 07:24:20 PM »
WV is giving you good advice. New Hampshire and Maine have drawing hunts as do some of the western states but without a guide your chances decrease significantly.

I live in Alaska and have for 16 years. I've taken a few moose, my family got two this year, but we earned everyone of them. You can come to Alaska and hunt moose/caribou/black bear without a guide and without having to draw a tag, but you'll find it a tough and expensive lesson unless you hire a guide or have a close friend or family member here. Same goes for the other states that offer moose hunts. You really need someone in that area or hire a guide.

There are a few hardy souls who do all the research, make the plans, maybe contract with a pilot or outfitter to get them into moose country, or hike into good areas and have success. Hiking several miles into the back country, regardless of the state means hiking back out. With a moose that means multiple trips with very heavy loads. The rule of thumb for packing out moose on one's back is, "one man, one moose, one mile, one day."

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Re: Moose hunting
« Reply #10 on: December 06, 2018, 08:52:27 PM »
I've never been there, but my research says Newfoundland is one of the best for moose. Maybe think semi-guided.
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Re: Moose hunting
« Reply #11 on: December 06, 2018, 09:41:03 PM »
I would suspect other states are the same as Maine. It could and has been 60 during a moose hunt.  Need to get that meat on ice quick. That needs to be plannned out too.
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