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Cow Moose Hunting

I was lucky enough to draw a cow moose tag in CO for the upcoming 2010 archery season in September. There is a lot of general information out there on hunting moose, but most, if not all, that I have found focuses on bull hunting. Does anyone have any advice on where to find specific information about hunting cows? Any information that you experienced moose hunters want to share here?

I'll be hunting in north-central colorado, within a few mile of the WY border, season is 9/11 - 9/25. Will the moose be into their rut by this time at this latitude, and will it make any difference with respect to looking for a cow instead of a bull? Spot and stalk? Stand hunt?

Any information is appreciated, thanks in advance!

Jeff

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Re: Cow Moose Hunting

Congrats on the tag. The rut won't affect cow movement much - seasonal changes in food supply might slightly but I suspect you'll find them near water with ample browse and cover. I don't have any experience with the vertical dimension to mountain hunting (when they head up to the high drainages/basins and when they head down into the valleys). I would assume that in Sep they'll be working there way down to the river valleys if they're not there already.

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Re: Cow Moose Hunting

I never hunted cows when i lived in AK (25yrs) but it seemed to me that they were quite hi when we were after caribou- as food becomes scarce and rut comes on the moved lower ending up near rivers- when we hunted bulls around mid Sept the cows were usually in lower meadows. In Ontario where i now hunt moose the cows seem to be moving around near water in mid/ late sept.I never hunted moose in ID or CO but have seen them in valleys when after elk but that's a bit later in season- good luck

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Re: Cow Moose Hunting

Here in south central Alaska We have moose in the yard anytime of year. more in, the winter but yesterday there was one bedded at the edge of our yard, I also see moose at tree line all year round,unless the snow gets real deep, or the wolves move in. in Sept the bulls may be going crazy but the cows only seem to be in heat a few days ,and the rest of the time are trying to fatten up before winter, None of them like hot days , and spend more time laying up in the shade chewing cud, cool cloudy or light rain and they will feed most of the day, during hot weather if there is moon light they will feed all night, so very early or late are your best times. Hunting in the mountains I've had the best luck setting up where you can see a lot of country ,and stay glued to your spotter, once you find a cow she will usually stick around the area till something moves her. I've watched cows work the same small drainage for a week, as long as there food and nothing spooks them .Good luck this fall moose meat is great.
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Re: Cow Moose Hunting

Good post aalska-I grilled our last moose rst from 09 last night and will again be going to Ontario this fall for moose. We have 2 bull- one cow and one calf tag so should come home with some meat at least.

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Re: Cow Moose Hunting

Thanks for the info and input fellas. When the moose rut does happen, do bulls keep a harem of cows with them, or do they seek individual cows in estrus. Last year on opening day od elk muzzleloader season (mid-september) I spotted a group of moose that included a large bull, 3-4 cows, and a couple of calves. Later that week, saw a similar sized group, but this group had a couple less mature bulls with a few cows. Just curious if the rut is happening during my hunt, and I'm seeing bulls, if I should expect cows to be close.

Thanks again!

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Like all ruts it varies but

Like all ruts it varies but around the time of first frost through to first snow. I don't think that moose keep a harem as much as elk do - they certainly seek out the company of ladies and hang around them much like human bar flies at closing time, but just because you see a mature bull I wouldn't automatically assume that there are cows around.

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nocohuntr wrote:
I was lucky enough to draw a cow moose tag in CO for the upcoming 2010 archery season in September. There is a lot of general information out there on hunting moose, but most, if not all, that I have found focuses on bull hunting. Does anyone have any advice on where to find specific information about hunting cows? Any information that you experienced moose hunters want to share here? I'll be hunting in north-central colorado, within a few mile of the WY border, season is 9/11 - 9/25. Will the moose be into their rut by this time at this latitude, and will it make any difference with respect to looking for a cow instead of a bull? Spot and stalk? Stand hunt? Any information is appreciated, thanks in advance! Jeff

 

Jeff:

 

How did you make out?

Even if you didn't fill a tag, did you learn anything that might help the rest of us hopeful moose hunters next season?

 

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