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Crunch Time

It's almost crunch time. October 16th is right around the corner. I've spent almost 40 hours scouting for moose in the last month. So far I've seen (2) bulls, both young. The first was about 200 yards away, The second was Saturday morning at about 15 yards. That was pretty exciting. I think he heard me stumbling through the thicket and thought I was another moose. The wind was completely wrong for the direction he was coming from and I'm sure he winded me. He just walked off.

I picked up Guthros' Moose Madness Quick Fix DVD to learn the sounds I should use to call. It's only 2-hours long but it put me to sleep. I can't imagine trying to stay awake for the 6-hour version. C'mon Alex, pick it up a little! There's some great instructional information and I need to watch it again. I'm dreading it.

I scouted for 11 hours straight on Sunday, covering close to 20 miles of territory looking for fresh tracks and other sign. Very disappointing. The area I covered should've held moose. It looks perfect. Only one old track. It looks so good I may go back and try calling to see if they are somewhere close. Right now I have three good spots to try. I have yet to see a cow, which is what I'm looking for. The rut should be going good right about now and I haven't heard a cow bawl yet. It's gonna be a tough hunt and I'm thinking I should take the CO's advice...."shoot the first moose you see".

 

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Nice to see someone from New

Nice to see someone from New England on here.  Best of luck to you.  I keep wanting to apply for Vermont's moose season, but have yet to do it.  My father lives there still, and I go back for deer each year.  I guess Maine had a heck of an opener.  Hopefully New Hampshire will bring you some good luck!!! Thumbs up

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ME moose

I stopped at a 7-11 to get something to drink on Sunday and there was a guy filling up who had a 1-1/2 bull moose on his trailer. He shot it in Maine. Last day of his hunt. He called it in with a can call. He called in three other bulls but couldn't get a shot. Not too big. About the size of a big elk.Big smile

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That's funny.  Look in the

That's funny.  Look in the hunting tips section about the coffe can moose call I put in there.  It's a good method.....

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Good luck on your hunt,

Good luck on your hunt, hopefully the weather will cooperate with you more so than it is here in CO.  keep us posted and again good luck!

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Good luck on your endeavor.

Good luck on your endeavor. You have put in the time so hopefully you will get rewarded. I still can not imagine packing one of these monsters out. You will have quite the work cut out for you if you get one. Keep us posted and try not to lose your mind in the build up to your season opener. It must be hard. I am losing my mind for my antelope hunt that I'm leaving tomorrow for and it is just for a doe! ha

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Good luck on your hunt. your

Good luck on your hunt. your a very lucky man with that tag. I cant wait to gear the stories and see some pics with you with a monster moose on the ground. maybe some day my home state will open a moose hunt. right now we only have about 40-50 moose in the state. I havent see one in person here but a buddy of mine took a picture of one a few years ago. its kinda funny. in the regs it has a reminder to elk hunters to not shoot the moose. Its funny that they put it in there cause someone probaly shot one by mistake. i dont know about you but i cvan tell they difference.

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It's funny...

It's kinda funny when I tell people I'm scouting for moose. They look at me funny and say they're surprised there's any around where I live. My town is just north of the MA border and there have been over 25 moose shot within 20 minutes of my house since 2000. Some years as many as four or five. I talked to a guy today who lives within 1/2 mile of where I saw the first bull. He had no idea he lived in moose country. I have one more weekend to go and a lot of ground to cover.

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Five days and a wake-up.....

Well, I'm just about foaming at the mouth. Took the guns to the range yesterday with my sub and they all checked out good. A couple inches high at 100 yds. My shoulder's all black and blue. We scouted from sun up until about 11 AM. Saw some old sign and some good looking woods and bogs but no fresh sign. We went out in the afternoon for a little while and found a smokin' fresh set of cow and calf tracks. I hadn't seen fresh track in this areas for a little while. This really raised my spirits since the amount of fresh cow sign I've seen has decreased over the last couple weeks, except for the little bull last weekend. I have been searching for fresh cow/calf tracks and have been coming up with nothing. The cows "should" have a home range and should be around the same areas next weekend. The bulls....who knows. I think they are in the travelling mode looking for hot cows. I'm not sure if 1-1/2 yr old bulls do as much travelling. The videos I've seen say that most immature bulls don't get to breed. I don't know if that holds true in areas with low moose density or not. I wonder if the 1-1/2 yr olds are "home bodies" or if the roam like the big boys. I am of the mind that we should shoot the first adult cow or 1-1/2 yr old+ bull we see. I would consider passing on a calf until midweek. The CO said to shoot the first one you see with four legs. It would stink to pass on a calf the opening weekend and get blanked the rest of the week. I'd like to get a 400+ pound animal for all the work we've done. The odds of a 40"+ rack around here are pretty slim. There's only been a couple of bulls that big shot around here. I'm planning on putting out some "Code Blue" synthetic mare-in-heat scent in a couple of key locations toward the end of the week to see if I can draw a bull in and keep him hanging around until Saturday morning. Has anybody had any success doing that?  Any other advice to stack the odds in our favor?

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I can tell your not excited

I can tell your not excited at all to get out there.LOL. again good luck on your hunt, keep us posted as I'm looking forward to hearing about your sucess.

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Yep, keep us informed as you

Yep, keep us informed as you have got our attention and we are all pulling for you.  A young calf would be some good eating.  Good luck.

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