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Old 10-11-2009, 08:52 PM
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Re: long/short range moose hunt

Nice. My shiras hunt was probably the most fun hunt I've ever been on, it was not easy. I ended up putting 21 days in the field for it and I finally shot a good one. I didn't feel like if I saw a good moose there was a 100 percent guarantee that I would see him again so the ones that I passed on were difficult. When I finally found the one I wanted I didn't hesitate. Hope you can find that bull again if you don't find a bigger one.

Are they responding to the calling? I found that grunting was pretty effective but I could never get them interested in the cow call, though I was hunting a few weeks later in the year than it is right now. Can't wait to see some pics and a video. It is certainly a lot easier to make P&Y than B&C, however, I really feel like the wolves have the moose acting very un-mooselike. They are a lot more wary than they used to be so stalking into bow range is probably a challenge.

I still haven't had mine professionally scored but I scored him over B&C by an inch or so.

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Old 10-11-2009, 09:32 PM
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Re: long/short range moose hunt

Thats a great bull. I would be on cloud 9 to get a bull of that class.
your right, it has been hard passing them up. however, we have been seeing so many bulls (more than cows by far) that so far i havent felt like i regretted it. i do however hope to have another chance at the big ones. I took the day off but will go out again in the moring.

As far calling: i have watched videos etc, but dont really know what i am doing. I can mimick what i have heard (i think) but so far it has seemed to work. i have heard they were easy to call so i will keep trying if i get the opportunity.

also, you are right, they are alot spookier (sp?) than they are normally. over the years i have walked right up to tons of them and they never run. now that i have a tag i think they can smell it or something.
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Old 10-11-2009, 11:46 PM
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I saw 17 moose on my hunt. The biologists said that there were 30 or so in my area. I may have been seeing the same cows a couple of times. There was one rub that I just knew was made by a large bull, I sat on it multiple times and never saw that bull. I saw a few very young bulls and a few that were in the mid 40" class. That one in the pic was by far the biggest that I encountered and there was another one with him that was pretty respectable as well, but not as big.

Everyone thinks that a moose hunt is like meat in the freezer but if you want a good one you've got to really look around.

Good luck. I got Shockey's video where he is calling in monster bulls up in the Yukon. I called at bulls that had no idea I was there and I knew they could hear me. They didn't respond at all like the video- they were not interested in my call and I think that the rut was completely over. They did charge me when I let out a WUH! WUH! at them. If not charge me, they at least stopped running away, and turned. I had these visions of hot bull moose running at the sound of my call and that was not the case. I hope you get a monster. I lived in N. Idaho for the last year and I saw a lot of moose, one that I saw up by Priest Lake was bigger than the one that I shot. I would hunt them every year if they would just give me a tag!

I glassed a bull and cow from about a mile away. They were milling around the only patch of trees in a large open bowl. I waited for them to go into the trees and bed down and at the time I was convinced I would take that bull. I walked down there. It took me half the day. I started creeping up to where I thought I'd have a shot. The snow was very crunchy. They both got up and I realized that I was on the wrong side of the timber patch. I thought they would hold tight so I started quickly making my way to where I would have a shot at them. I had to go around the outside of the timber where I could not see them. I later found out that they had made their way 1/2 mile across completely open country before I was able to position myself to shoot towards where they were. Before that happened you could never tell me that a moose would outsmart me.
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Old 10-13-2009, 04:05 PM
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Re: long/short range moose hunt

yesterday morning i drew on and passed two small bulls before 8 am and We ended up seeing a total of 10 moose. I found out the area i am hunting will be gaited here soon so I decided I would no longer be as picky. My dad and my wife came along for the evening hunt and we were on an old fire trail. we walked around the corner and there was a mature bull feeding on some brush. he went around the corner an and we followed him. we all go to the corner not knowing if he would be there. the way he went around the corner i expected him not to be to close so i set my sights at 50 yards. my wife had the camera and my dad a rangefinder. he was 56 yards so i held a few inches higher than i wanted to hit and let her fly. perfect hit! he ran 10 feet, walked another 5 feet and then got dizzy and fell to the ground! not a huge bull,but i got it with my bow. got most of it on tape and best of all my wife and dad got to be there. the other best part is that we winched him in whole to the back of the truck! 36" wide and a trophy to me. i did see some real monsters but all and all this worked out just perfect.
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Old 10-13-2009, 04:58 PM
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Re: long/short range moose hunt

Wll there ya go! Clean livin' pulls through again.

Congratulations on meeting your goal!!!
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Old 10-14-2009, 02:05 PM
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Re: long/short range moose hunt

Thanks!
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Old 10-14-2009, 05:17 PM
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Re: long/short range moose hunt

nice work lamiglas, let's see some pics!
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