Moose/Caribou dilemma?

Discussion in 'How To Hunt Big Game' started by TheRoaminRaider, Jun 13, 2011.

  1. TheRoaminRaider

    TheRoaminRaider Well-Known Member

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    I just finished a book (The Final Frontiersman by James Campbell), and there was a question that has been buggin the heck out of me.

    While hunting with the patriarch of a subsistence family in Alaska, Heimo Korth (said patriarch, and super-badass, my personal hero, god among men, etc.) tells the author that "you never shoot a moose unless you're sure the caribou aren't coming".

    Why is this? It doesnt get any further explaination, and I can't figure it. Does it scare them away? Is it a superstition? Or maybe he just likes caribou meat better? Anyone heard this or have any ideas?
     
  2. HARPERC

    HARPERC Well-Known Member

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    Your guess is as good as mine, I suspect it's because caribou are much easier to process (size). I've had guides tell me they like moose hunting the least of all because of this.
     
  3. phorwath

    phorwath Well-Known Member

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    That would be my guess also. Moose are so large that if you don't get them gutted and skinned, they can spoil overnight in the field. They're much bigger than caribou, and if the meat isn't cooled off quickly, they bone sour. In addition to that issue, a big bull moose is equal to about 7-8 round trips of hauling meat and antlers by backpack. A caribou is about 3-4 round trips for a backpack hunter.

    Another possibility is that any subsistence hunter would prefer to harvest their game so that they animals can be transported by 4-wheeler, boat, or snow machine. And caribou and caribou seasons are probably more accommodating that way also.
     
  4. cowboy

    cowboy Well-Known Member

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    I would guess that a comment like that from a subsitance hunter would have more to do with the fact that caribou are migratory - they come and they go - take them when you can. Moose pretty much stay in a specific area - so leave them alone until you have to eat - kind of like never depleat your local food source.

    Who knows - maybe the guy didn't like moose meat?
     
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  5. Speedo

    Speedo Well-Known Member

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    Some people prefer caribou over moose, could be as simple as that. I prefer moose and one moose is enough for my family.
     
  6. Target Tamers

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    At first I was thinking it was more of a way to preserve moose population.. similar to what cowboy was sayin.. but moose numbers are growing and caribou are in the decline last I checked? So, I'm just as confused. Maybe taking down a moose would warn off and scare away any caribou nearby? It really just might be that caribou is obviously easier to process and haul.
     
  7. Hatrick

    Hatrick Well-Known Member

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    I like the therory of if the caribou are there take them and save the moose for next year and let them prosper. I can see if the caribou don't migrate close to you take the moose. I think hunting to fill your freezer to survive is pretty much oportunistic.
     
  8. cowboy

    cowboy Well-Known Member

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    Nothing like a 2011 thread coming back to life. :)
     
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  9. TheRoaminRaider

    TheRoaminRaider Well-Known Member

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    Well I appreciate it