What Caliber for Moose?


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SudSlinger
April 16, 2009, 10:19 PM
I'm watching a special on Alaska on the Discovery Channel and it seems moose (plural?) are everywhere, even in major cities. What calibers are used to hunt moose? Just curious as these things are HUGE, tipping the scales at a half ton.

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Deaf Smith
April 16, 2009, 10:21 PM
I'd say .30-06 or better up to .338 WM. Anything between those should do fine. They are like large Elk. True a smaller one would work, but I'd use something like a '06 or better.

Deaf

shaggy430
April 16, 2009, 10:22 PM
I've seen a moose taken at 200yds with a 30-06 using Remington green box 180 gr Core-lokts. Dropped without taking a step. Don't let anyone tell you you need the newest ultra-mega magnum with $50 a box ammo.

eitrheim31
April 16, 2009, 10:31 PM
i've never been moose hunting but i think a 35 wheelen is what i'd bring

WardenWolf
April 16, 2009, 10:37 PM
Anything .308 or larger.

627PCFan
April 16, 2009, 10:59 PM
Keep the mini-bmgs. 6.5x55. very sensible :)

jacob.elliott
April 16, 2009, 11:44 PM
i don't know but i have heard that moose aren't any tougher than whitetail. just what i heard

351 WINCHESTER
April 17, 2009, 12:27 AM
I've heard the .303 british works quite well too. It's mostly about putting a heavy bullet where it needs to go.

MutinousDoug
April 17, 2009, 12:29 AM
My Dad shot his moose from a canoe in AK in 1971 with a .308 at about 35 yds; 180 gr Win Silvertip.
If you can't get within 50 yds of one, you are not trying very hard. They are not afraid of anything so they act kind of stupid. On the other hand, one will stomp you to a pulp if it takes a mind to.

wyocarp
April 17, 2009, 01:42 AM
i've never been moose hunting but

I've seen a moose taken

i don't know but i have heard that moose aren't any tougher than whitetail. just what i heard

I've heard

There seems to be an abundance of great advice worth taking on here, and I know all about bullet placement and all the rest. I also live in the real world in Wyoming where hunters come from all over the country, putting the bullet in the right place, and on any given day animals are limping and leaving blood trails for miles during hunting season.

I've shot a moose with a .308. I wouldn't do it again. I would say that a 30-06 would be a minimum for lower 48 moose. Even then, I have shot a moose at the above mentioned 50 yards and it didn't go down with a 30-06. It probably would have eventually, but my dad and I stood beside each other talking about what do to after each shot as it just stood there looking at us. It would work, but I wouldn't take a 30-06 to Alaska for moose.

Just a side note, there are two animals I really don't like meeting on a trail. One is a buffalo, the other is a moose. I'd rather meet a grizzly, I'd at least be pretty sure of his intentions.

Runningman
April 17, 2009, 01:51 AM
What calibers are used to hunt moose?Well in the areas I've hunted Moose in there was also a good supply of Black Bears, Grizzly Bears and Wolf packs. Calling Moose in can bring in a Wolf pack. Firing a shot in some areas is like a dinner bell to a Grizzly. So what ever round you use make sure you are comfortable with the rifle first. Very good bullets are also not a bad idea. Most people I've known use everthing from 7mm Mag up to a 375 H&H to hunt Moose. They all seem to work if the shot is right.

caribou
April 17, 2009, 05:22 AM
Ive shot alot Moose with a .243w, a couple with a 30-06 and for the last few years, a 7.62X54r
Most Locals ude .243, 22-250, .270, .308, 30-06, I dont know any that use a magnum and a few use ,223. Never a problem.
Then again, most all hunters here shoot them in the head like I do. It is very easy to get close to Mosse, they fear few things. A well placed shot is what it takes.
This last Fall, about a week apart, I helped a friend and then his wife who took both their Moose with a 30-30 they shared.They shot theirs in the Hearts and it was plenty good.

Shoot the gun you can place the shot with, what ever that may be.

Moose are not "Tougher" than whitetails , they are 4X's bigger.

moooose102
April 17, 2009, 06:32 AM
with all do respect to caribou's post, personaly, i would not go after anything that is willing to charge me with less than a 30-06. besides, when you are in moose territory, you are in bear territory. and i certainly would not want to fend off a big bear with a 243!

kanook
April 17, 2009, 08:59 AM
my brother has been on two moose hunts. both times he used his 30-06. both times he only shot once. both times he brought home meat.

REDEYE
April 17, 2009, 01:27 PM
+1 caribou

Moose are easy to get close to, so you don't necessarily need a long range rifle. Most any rifle cartridge that was designed for big game will do the job, if you do yours.

lefteyedom
April 17, 2009, 03:59 PM
While station at Loring AFB ME in the early 80's I had to chase allot of moose off the runway, taxiway, wsa, ect. The thing about a moose is that they are very powerful. People are so often fooled into thinking that they are slow and dumb "Bullwinkles" They are not. If you fail to DRT a bull and he decides that you are source of his discomfort there will be trouble.
Given the close range that moose are often encountered your chances of a Funnest Home Video moment is high. A rifle that will DTR as apposed to simply kill is something to be valued.

Allot of moose have been killed with 6.5X55s but I would not think of using anything less than a 30.06 with 180 grn. A 338 win mag with a 225-250 grn would be my first pick.

jacob.elliott
April 17, 2009, 06:24 PM
i would like to go on a moose hunt. and event though i have HEARD a lot of things i think that i would still like to bring a 338 or about that. because yes moose are bigger and bears (can) eat people.

Albert A Rasch
April 17, 2009, 07:27 PM
What do I know, I shoot a lot hogs!

But I do read a lot...

The Scandinavians use the 6.5X55 almost exclusively. But then again, they don't have the brown bears to contend with.

I would much rather see someone with a 243 that they can shoot well, than a 300 they can't.

Up in Alaska I think folks must have a guide if they are from out of state, so let the guide carry the firepower if you can't or don't.

Just so y'all know, I've killed more hogs with a 22 rimfire than with all the other calibers I own combined. And I've killed my fair share of them.

My 2 cents!

Regards,
Albert
The Rasch Outdoor Chronicles (http://trochronicles.blogspot.com)
The Range Reviews: Tactical (http://trrtactical.blogspot.com)

NCsmitty
April 17, 2009, 08:45 PM
This last Fall, about a week apart, I helped a friend and then his wife who took both their Moose with a 30-30 they shared.They shot theirs in the Hearts and it was plenty good.


The venerable but effective 30-30 often does not get the respect it truly deserves. It's been the choice of many serious hunters for 100 years for a reason. It gets the job done. A medium size bullet traveling at a medium velocity puts meat in the freezer.
Ya don't need a magnum for moose.

NCsmitty

351 WINCHESTER
April 17, 2009, 11:12 PM
I was talking to a gun in our gunshop some years ago. Somehow the .351 winchester came up. He knew of an older gent that used on for moose with great success. Seems he would sneak up on them and shoot them in the head. I read years ago that the Eskimos favored the .222 remington for polar bear, walrus, seal. They were hunters and excellent shots. They liked the .222 because it was cheap to reload.

Coyote_Hunter_
April 18, 2009, 01:03 AM
If I ever go moose hunting it will be a great excuse to get a new rifle - a .338 or .375 Ruger.

Or maybe I'll just use my .45-70...

HorseSoldier
April 18, 2009, 01:48 AM
I'm watching a special on Alaska on the Discovery Channel and it seems moose (plural?) are everywhere, even in major cities. What calibers are used to hunt moose? Just curious as these things are HUGE, tipping the scales at a half ton.

12 gauge with slugs is the preferred means to dispatch crippled or belligerent moose here in the couple of metropolitan areas we have up here, though that's different than hunting them.

From personal experience it's definitely not fun to have a run in with a moose at close range where whether or not you get maimed or killed is pretty much up to the moose and whatever does or doesn't get it annoyed. Bear guns up here are definitely a year round requirement, even if "getting off the beaten path" is just some of the city parks up here in Anchorage (and bear mace, but that's another post).

For hunting, 308 and 30-06 will work, though people tend to favor larger. I've always wondered how Scandinavian moose stack up against Alaskan and Canadian ones on the issue of 6.5x55, much as I like that calber.

Ankeny
April 18, 2009, 01:52 AM
I have been fortunate enough to draw two tags. Both bulls were taken in wide open sage brush areas of western Wyoming with a .30-.338 shooting 200 grain Sierra Game King bullets. The idea of shooting a big bull moose with a .223, 22-250, etc. just seems silly (unless subsistence hunting and that's all you have). I have a pretty nifty Sako 75 in 6.5x55 and at close yardage I wouldn't give a second thought to shooting a bull with a 140 grain bullet. But in the area where I took mine I would feel somewhat under gunned...and I am not a magnum maniac. A trophy bull is a once in a lifetime opportunity so why risk it with a poodle shooter?

cassandrasdaddy
April 18, 2009, 01:53 AM
where whether or not you get maimed or killed is pretty much up to the moose and whatever does or doesn't get it annoyed.

now for some reason that got my attention

lefteyedom
April 18, 2009, 04:11 AM
where whether or not you get maimed or killed is pretty much up to the moose and whatever does or doesn't get it annoyed

Finding out that you are not at the top of food chain real sucks!

blindhari
April 18, 2009, 10:29 AM
find the best guides on the internet. Ask them what they recommend, then ask what they carry.

blindhari

jim in Anchorage
April 18, 2009, 08:35 PM
[QUOTEI was talking to a gun in our gunshop some yeago.][/ars QUOTE]Do you talk to all of them?:eek: Seriously I have hunted the same river valley since 1996 and have only used a Win pre-64l this is a fly in float out trip, I do not want a certain other rifle company's hair pin extractor breaking on me]in 30-06,180 nosler partition. Never problem. They may go a few yds[always toward water,it seems] and I may do a 2nd shot,but never lost one. The key is a premium,LARGE game bullet like the Nosler,not the caliper. I have some friends that come up from the lower 48 every couple years for the hunt,and it never fails, despite my pleas not to one will bring a super-duper utra mag something loaded wth bullets intended for deer. And they lose moose. In one case a HEARTBREAKING large moose.

usmc1371
April 19, 2009, 01:37 PM
I guess if i lived in AK and could hunt moose pretty much every year I would be willing to use a varmint rifle and wait for the absultely perfect head shot. But since I live in Oregon and have to spend huge money to hunt AK moose I will show up with the same ruger 300 wm that I shoot everything else with. The same 300 that I shoot just as well as my .204. I like knowing that I have enough gun and tough enough bullet to take a less than broad side shot and make it to and through the vitals at a reasonable range. IMHO I just wouldn't wont to bet a very spendy hunt on a round I normaly use for coyotes when I intend to shoot a very large animal.

jim in Anchorage
April 19, 2009, 06:26 PM
Ive shot alot Moose with a .243w, a couple with a 30-06 and for the last few years, a 7.62X54r
Most Locals ude .243, 22-250, .270, .308, 30-06, I dont know any that use a magnum and a few use ,223. Never a problem.
Then again, most all hunters here shoot them in the head like I do. It is very easy to get close to Mosse, they fear few things. A well placed shot is what it takes.
This last Fall, about a week apart, I helped a friend and then his wife who took both their Moose with a 30-30 they shared.They shot theirs in the Hearts and it was plenty good.

Shoot the gun you can place the shot with, what ever that may be.

Moose are not "Tougher" than whitetails , they are 4X's bigger.
__________________ Its a little easier in a "any moose" area,bou. 50inch/4 brow tines are a little harder to find,and you have to take the shot you get.

BENELLIMONTE
April 19, 2009, 09:42 PM
The only moose I shot was a 2yr. old Shiras cow near Palisades Reservoir on the Idaho/Wyoming border. It was the size of a spike elk. I brought it down with my 270 Win and 3 150 grain Barnes X bullets. Moose in Alaska are at least 50-75% bigger than the Shiras moose. The few friends that I know that have lived, hunted and shot Alaskan moose all used 338 Win Mags with 250 grain Noslers or 250 grain Hornady bullets. Moose are "slow" to realize they have been mortally wounded so keep on shooting till they "stop & drop".

Cpt. America
April 20, 2009, 02:10 AM
.300 win mag would be my choice.

Woodsmaster
April 23, 2009, 05:01 PM
My latest rifle was a "Moose Gun" according to the previous owner. It's a Remington 7400 in 30/06. He used it in Maine with 220 grain bullets.

DMS
April 23, 2009, 08:25 PM
Hey everybody, long time reader but this is my first post.

I am from NL Canada, and have killed 5 moose in my lifetime and participated in many, many, more hunts(at least one a year for the past 23-24 yrs.). All of mine have been killed with a remington 7400 in 30-06 with 180 gr bullets of different types. None of them have went more than 10-15 yrds when shot. I have seen them shot with everything from a 12ga slug to a 243,30-30, 270, 303, 308, 7.62 x 54R, 30-06, 7mm rem mag, up to 300 win mag. The end result have always been the same when the shot is put where it should be.

caribou
April 24, 2009, 07:08 AM
I have NEVER herd of a Moose charging a hunter, ever.


Moose are in the way around here, among the houses in the villages and citys, and on the narrow trails...
What is dangerous are COW Moose with babies. You cant hunt them, either. they will stomp you ASAP.
Moose in the Road , being hit by cars kill plenty of people each yeer.

Now maby calling a Rut mad ball busting Bull may to come over with Romantic intentions, and have his "show on" pawing, swing their heads, thrashing the land and trees, "Whaaa, Whaaa, Whaaaaa",,ing about, but they leave as soo as they identify you as "unmateable"...~~LOL!!~~ We will call them as close as we can for fun, just because we can.

I shoot Moose, Bears and Caribou in the head, and the neck is a close second. My 243 was a rifle I fed my family with, because it was very accurate with rem 100gr coreloks
(aint 6.5 =.243 in size?)
I now do so with a .30cal Mosin,because of its accuracy, but I shoot them in the same place. I care not for antlers.

Shot in the head, cut out the tounge and we left with the meat.
http://i53.photobucket.com/albums/g71/edwardhailstone/moose20pix200720286291.jpg

I shoot Fat moose, and Im not restricted as folks in other parts of AK, like Jiminanchorage, where they have to determine the spreds size BEFORE shooting them. Thats a pain.

I also shoot Moose BEFORE Rut,so they taste good, and the Bulls arnt callable.

You only need a Guide for Brown Bear, Sheep and Goats in Alaska, unless you are lucky enough to live here.

If I see a Bear , Moose hunting is over, and Bear hunting begins!!:D

If a Wolf pack were to appear ,well it's "YEEE HAWW!!" Id forget the Moose and chase down the fur!!:evil:

Find your Moose, take a rifle you can hit with,( a 30-06 will do fine,) make your shot and have a good time.

jim in Anchorage
April 24, 2009, 07:57 AM
I think that one in your pic hit 50 inch. No tape measure required. Nice score. When do I get one like that?:confused:

jim in Anchorage
April 24, 2009, 08:03 AM
PS how many brow tines?

Silverado6x6
April 24, 2009, 10:06 AM
I live out in the Mat-Su valley about 13 miles north of Wasilla, we have the seasonal cow and calf all the time on my property, on the occasion when I thought it may be necessary to drop one I would have used my 870 with a rifled slug, reason is I do not want a high speed round hitting a neighbors house, I have literally many times walked out in the dark early morning and have found myself just yards away from a moose, they like to lick the road salt off the truck.

I dropped one years ago while I was literally inside my living room in my underwear using my Ruger M77 Mk 2 stainless .338, instant drop and kill, the bullet probably did a through and through.

With new bullet technology like the Barnes Triple shocks, I am thinking even a .223 would be sufficient, in Alaska our moose have very thick hides to be able to survive the long cold winters, I know because I have skinned them, next time I am using a cordless sawzall.

So I would say not all moose are equal, you have Alaskan moose,lower 48 moose, fast charging momma human stomping moose, big moose with perfect racks a lonnnng way away and skinny runts tonguing your SUV.

Now me living in Alaska I would say a controlled round fed bolt action like the Ruger or pre-64 Winchester or Mauser actions in .338 would be the best overall candidate. I prefer my Ruger with a newer Hogue stock and a Trijicon fiber optic scope with the illuminated triangle on a post, quick to aim and illuminates without batteries. Same for my Winchester Model 70 in .375H&H.

jim in Anchorage
April 24, 2009, 12:30 PM
we have the seasonal cow and calf all the time

In 14a? Tier II? A buddy of mine got a cow off Clark- Wolverine road last year,but he was tier II.[lived in Sutton 25+ years] not available to us city Anchorage folk. I can shoot moose all day in my yard, as long as ADFG doesn't know.

jim in Anchorage
April 24, 2009, 12:46 PM
I can't stop looking at that picture. Not just size, but beautiful symmetry on each side of the rack also. I never thought I would say this in April,but I can't wait for September! Thanks.

caribou
April 25, 2009, 07:40 AM
LOL!

I rode past them the other day, someone made a trail marker out of them, on a tripod..... a new use for Moose antlers!!
someday, after the antlers have dryed and the skull is picked clean i might go get it and some just as big/bigger, and carve them into cool sellable "stuff".

Im on Kobuk River, Jim, in Noorvik. Few eskimos hunt Moose, and they are plentyfull.

We have 400,000 Caribou around, and we can get what we need without going after Moose. I gave away alot and kept some choice cuts for myself. not many people here will eat more than a meal or two.

If you find yourself up this way, drop in Jim, the coffees on.

Silverado6x6
April 25, 2009, 01:08 PM
When the snow piles up further on in the hills the moose come down into the valley, we have these signs all over of statistics of how many moose are hit by vehicles per year, the railroad does hit a lot I have heard. Yes Jim what fish and feathers doesn't know won't hurt them.

I bet a lot of people from the lower 48 would go into shock if they knew the amount of roadkill Alaskans eat up here, and I am not talking about pavement possum but the moose that are struck by vehicles usually in the dark winter months. Most of the time a call is sent out to many volunteer groups that come out with a trailer and they winch the carcass aboard so they can harvest the meat for charity, at temps below freezing and often well below what a commercial deep freezer puts out the meat has minimal chances of spoiling if harvested quickly. I could live on moose forever, its so lean we have to add fat to make sausages.

I always have respect about any cow/calf encounter, I saw first hand a cow trample a man to death in downtown Anchorage many years ago, people were complacent and thought of the moose as a local pet. I wish someday our state would realize what a cash crop moose could be meat wise for export, we have plenty of grazing areas north of Anchorage that used to be dairy farms, to me moose meat is much better than cattle meat unless you prefer good old fashioned marbled steaks then the beef wins hands down.

lgbloader
April 25, 2009, 02:04 PM
i would not go after anything that is willing to charge me with less than a 30-06. besides, when you are in moose territory, you are in bear territory. and i certainly would not want to fend off a big bear with a 243!


Amen to that brother. I would rather have what most people think is overgunned than the vice versa. I could get by just fine with one of my 308's or 30-06's but I think my 300 WBY or 300 RUM would be the least I would take, thank you very much. much.

LGB

Ankeny
April 25, 2009, 06:01 PM
So what's the verdict? Anything from a .223 up won't be a problem? Well unless you do it in Wyoming, then you go to jail. :what:

caribou
April 25, 2009, 08:25 PM
Roadkill Cafe, Anchorage AK.....:D

In Alaska , we can use any centerfire cartridge, and most people here are year 'round hunters.
I hunt for a living, 21 years now, and Ive dropped ALOT of BrownBears with a .243w
Ive posted alot of pix here, of just that.

Shot placement is the key, always is, always will be.

Now there is the factor of using a good bullet, and rem 100gr. corelocks will zing through a Bear and lodge under the skin on the other side.

I use an M-39 mosin and Czeck LPS FMJ's and they will go through the Bear and keep going.

Im only speaking through experiance and first hand.
Bigger is not always better, but if it makes you feel safer, and you can place the shot, USE IT.

There is NOTHING on the North American contenent that a 30-06 cant kill, so if your new to the game, I reccomend that as your starting cartridge.

If you cant kill it with a 30-06, you should hide.:D

jim in Anchorage
April 25, 2009, 11:23 PM
I rode past them the other day, someone made a trail marker out of them, on a tripod..... a new use for Moose antlers!!
someday, after the antlers have dryed and the skull is picked clean i might go get it and some just as big/bigger, and carve them into cool sellable "stuff".

Im on Kobuk River, Jim, in Noorvik. Few eskimos hunt Moose, and they are plentyfull.

We have 400,000 Caribou around, and we can get what we need without going after Moose. I gave away alot and kept some choice cuts for myself. not many people here will eat more than a meal or two.

If you find yourself up this way, drop in Jim, the coffees on.
__________________
Its not the Kill, it's the Chase.
I may take you up on that. Is there a close strip I can get a 172 on? Paved or gravel?

jim in Anchorage
April 25, 2009, 11:43 PM
So what's the verdict? Anything from a .223 up won't be a problem? Well unless you do it in Wyoming, then you go to jail.
You have to remember caribou is in a "any moose" area. He can shoot a cow wandering tru camp. You will most likely be confined to a bull with a 50 inch or greater rack spread,and the only one you see in a week of hunting may be 400 yards away. Do not bring a .223 on a once in a life time hunt!

caribou
April 26, 2009, 12:50 AM
#1, if its your once ina life time hunt, bring a .270+, that way, its all up to you placing the shot. The ,223 is gonna require you getting close, and with the larger calibers, y0u can extend your range and still get what you want. I have the option of hunting another day if things are too far away, and you may not.
Just dont mistake size as an equalizer for bad shooting. Too many fall victem to using too large a caliber, and just cant shoot comfortable enough to be confidant in anything more than the fact thats its powerfull.
The rifle must be an extention of YOU, and you must place that shot, so do it with a caliber you are able to effectivly shoot.

#2, Jim, Im in Noorvik, surrounded by a jumble of propertys, though we Wilderness, Mouments and National parks as well, all around. They = public lands.
I do know the Kiwalik drainage, VERY WELL, (s well as I know Kobuk River),and the Kiwalik is 100% state lands, as I have hunted that valley for 20 years now, and our Salmon camp is there. If youir 172 has fat tires and you can land on sandbars, its near a done deal.

Im in Noorvik, and we have a strip, and soon they are talking aboout building a crosswind.

I know alot of strips in this region, that have no XXXX :D

I aint got lots $$$ but I do know how to work hard and get on the Moose. I even have boats, and getting up either the Kobuk or Kiwalik is very doable.

I hunt for meat, and will not hunt a Moose in rut, so late august, early sept to mid sept is a huntable time for me. any later and I will point you in the right direction and wish you luck. :D

jim in Anchorage
April 26, 2009, 01:20 AM
May try the strip at Noorvik this summer,if AV gas stays reasonable. Me and a friend are looking for some new places to go to.Is there any kind of restaurant in walking distance of the village strip?

caribou
April 26, 2009, 05:37 AM
Nope, no resteraunts here, no AV gas sales, just 2 stores, one is a mom and Pop operation, one is run by our IRA.
A school and post office, a city building round out our town, and a whole lotta Eskimo's..:D

I have a couch, coffee and something is always cooking that I killed personal like, and all are available, should you stop in.

The only town that has services is Kotzebue, 65 miles west, Nome 350 miles south or to the North, Barrow up yonder 400 miles.

When you get an idea of what you wanna do, PM me, i can point you in a good direction and give you names of people I know and trust and who can and will help, should you find yourself hunting in this area....1/2 are my relatives..~~LOL!!~~

moosehunt
April 30, 2009, 03:38 AM
For whatever reasons--size I reckon mostly--moose are way overated regarding toughness. I shot the first 3 with a .338 Win, and initially was worried about enough firepower. Observing their reactions, I began to wonder. Since, I've shot them with such as a .44 Mag pistol (a BIG one--maybeso to small) and a .58 round ball muzzle loader (plenty). Listen to what Caribou says. Moose ain't tough critters. I wouldn't feel a bit undergunned with my .300 Savage. Poke the hole in the right place and start working (plenty of that ahead!!!)
Have fun and good luck to you!

theheadhunter
April 30, 2009, 01:02 PM
I think i would pack my handy dandy Rem 700 .338 for some moose action.

Dr.Rob
April 30, 2009, 06:06 PM
I've hunted elk in a moose release area in Colorado for years. Damn things are huge.

Pricey to hunt here, too. However, after 'thinking on it' AND finding some Hornady 220gr bullets on sale I figured a 220 from a .30-06 was probably more than enough. Also think an 8mm mauser with a 200gr soft point would be enough.

One of these days, I'll find out.

Nematocyst
April 30, 2009, 11:14 PM
Damn things are huge.

Pricey to hunt here, too. I've often wondered this.

In terms of financing, leaving gun acquisition out of the equation,
how much is a tag relative to the price of Bullwinkle meat stocked into a freezer?

It's very interesting reading the range of calibers that have been used (and how they are used) to take this giant herbivore,
and of course even more interesting to see my venerable .30-30 included amongst them (even if with reasonable caveats).

caribou
April 30, 2009, 11:30 PM
Guess Im lucky....tags cost 0$, I just pick them up and get the Moose, (or not) and report it.

We looked at the ammount of water on the river ice, about 6 inches deep, from the bluff that our old airport is on and saw 11 on the island (1/2 mileX 1/2 mile oval)across the channel. Cows with calfs mostly, but a couple Bulls with Nubs for antlers....

moosehunt
April 30, 2009, 11:37 PM
They aren't at all expensive to hunt if you are hunting in-state. I got a tag in Colorado when I lived there (actually, my first moose). The price isn't a problem at all--it's getting drawn that's a problem. But they have a lot of tags now compared to when I got mine in 1991--there were 5 tags, total. And if you think they are huge, keep in mind that these are the Shiras specie, the smallest of the 4 North Amerian species. Wait till you see an Alaska-Yukon--they are at least 25-30% bigger than the Shiras. Hunting moose in Alaska is considerably more pricy; my last trip was about $3000 doorstep to doorstep, and then you really don't have much meat at home, unless you want to pay a bunch of bucks for shipping. Hire a guide/outfitter, and the price shoots up to about $10-12,000. In Canada, you (as a US citizen) are required to have a guide, so it is expensive, same thing regarding meat as Alaska. Get lucky and draw a tag in Maine, and you can hold the price down pretty good if you have the time to drive out there and spend time scouting, and you'll have lots of good meat cause you can bring it home with you. But without a lot of time, you have to fly out and realistically, ought to hire a guide, about $3-4000. And you're back to no meat unless you pay through the nose for shipping. Course if you're a Maine resident, not too hard to get drawn, economical, and lots of good meat! Go for it! Moose hunting is the greatest! Just remember, when that mother hits the ground, you're looking a lot of work!

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