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I drew a Utah Moose Tag this year!

I drew a moose tag this year and will be hunting Northeast Utah in late September or early October. I haven't nailed down exact dates just yet.

I am doing as much research and what not as possible. It's not my first big game hunt by any means but it is my first Moose hunt.

I have some questions that I'm hoping I can get some experiential advice on. Any help is appreciated:

1. What sort of weather can I expect? Wet? Snow?

2. I'm planning on taking my .300 Weatherby with 180 gr Barnes X. From what I've read, that's more than enough gun but I might perhaps benefit from using a even heavier-for-caliber bullet. Also, the shots tend to be close correct? My rifle is sighted ~1.5" high at 100 which I can't really see a reason to change for this.

3. I expect we'll be riding into the backcountry so I'm taking some horseback lessons just to get comfortable again. I haven't ridden in a couple years.

4. I need some help in understanding trophy judgement and what constitutes a trophy Shiras moose. In my mind I think of Alaskan Moose when I think "Moose" and I know I shouldn't expect that...

5. Any special equipment I should consider?

Thanks!

Marcus

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Welcome to the forum and

Welcome to the forum and congrats on the tag. I haven't hunted that area for quite a while and don't really know what the boundaries are but I'll give you some answers to your other questions.

Weather, you can expect anything after September 1. Snow, rain, hot, dry, wet, cold, or all of the above in the same week. Go prepared for the worst and hope for the best.

Your .300 Weatherby shooting the 180 grain Barnes will be more than enough and there is no need to change anything. A outfitter friend of mine up in British Colombia this last year had a client that put three rounds into a shiras moose before the moose just keeled over. He never took a step and all three rounds went right where they were suppose to go. From what I have heard a moose isn't hard to kill but they just don't know when to die.

Now for a trophy, if it is approaching or over 48" just pull the trigger. In my book as hard as a moose tag is to draw in Utah and with it being a once in a lifetime hunt don't get too much concerned with the size but with the animal.

For special equipment, are you hiring a guide or doing it on your own. If hiring a guide he should have everything that you should need and then some. If doing it yourself consider that a moose is big but what ever you would use on a elk hunt would work on a moose hunt except that everything will take a little bit longer.

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Thanks Critter. 48" plus.

Thanks Critter.

48" plus. Got it. Any tips on gauging that on a Moose?

I'm hiring a guide I've hunted with before on other game and he has a partner who knows this area well.

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All I can say is to trust in

All I can say is to trust in your guide. He should know what a trophy is and what is't. Like I said, don't get all caught up in the score of the animal. If it was me any bull from 36" up would be meat on the table.

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Congrats!

1st - Congrats on getting the tag! After 15 years of trying I drew in Maine this year. Your rifle choice and sighting is just fine. My advice is to shoot the first legal moose that you see unless you would be ashamed to show pictures of it. You sure don't want to go home empty handed. The Shiras are smaller than the Alaskan moose. Anything near 1,000 pounds is a really BIG one. Alaskan bulls can go 1500.... As for judging antlers - a moose skull is about 10 inches side to side without the antlers. So if you have a head width on each side of his head thats a 30+ inch moose. 2X head width on each side would be a 50 inch moose. I'd personally be delighted to shoot either one of them.

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Congrats!  Welcome to the

Congrats!  Welcome to the forum, and best of luck!

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Hi guys, I've been having a

Hi guys,

I've been having a lot of trouble getting a hold of our usually guide so I'm trying to research other potential outfitters to use if I can't locate my guy.

Any recs?

Thanks!

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