The largest of the deer species, moose can be found—and hunted—in a variety of areas across North America. There are several subspecies of moose, though there is much contention regarding the classification of these animals. It’s safe to say that, in general, moose get larger as one moves north, with the smaller moose located in the Rocky Mountains and the larger of the species found in Canada and Alaska. In the north, bulls can weigh up to 1,600 lbs and cows up to 1,300 lbs. We hunt all four species of moose, including the Shiras, Eastern, Yukon, and XXX.
Bulls are the only sex with antlers, which can span up to six feet in width. Despite their bulk, moose are good swimmers and can run at speeds up to 35 mph. Males tend to be solitary, except during mating season, at which time they will battle with other males using their antlers.
In the U.S., drawing a tag for moose is extremely difficult, and the hunts themselves can be very costly no matter where you go, especially those that take you into remote areas of Alaska. Be prepared to spend money, as you tend to get what you pay for when you hunt with cheap outfits.
As with elk, there are many ways to hunt moose. Calling, spot and stalk, and still hunting are some of the methods used to hunt this animal. High-quality optics are critical to the success of the hunt, as plenty of time will be spent glassing for a trophy. Moose can be taken by rifle, black powder, or bow. The .300 and the .338 are the among the most appropriate calibers for such a hunt.
If you’re hunting in order to harvest the meat (which is highly prized), it’s critical that your guide be knowledgeable in field dressing. The last thing a moose does before dying is urinate, and the acidic waste can contaminate meat quickly. For this reason, moose should be shot while on a slope or in a body of water, if possible, and the animal should be field-dressed quickly. All our outfitter partners are experts in every aspect of moose hunting, including the important steps that need to be taken once the animal is killed.
Depending on the time of year, moose hunts can be combined with hunts for other species. Hunting is done via 4×4 vehicles, quads, backpacking, or horses.
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