How many times have you applied for a Moose permit and in what state's? I myself applied 10 years in a row before drawing my first tag of either cow or bull in Vermont. I hope I dont have to wait another 10, I'd be over 70 years old, to old to drag one.
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Tue, 2011-03-22 11:18
Tue, 2011-03-22 11:26#1
On the subject of dragging, I
On the subject of dragging, I saw a good post on another board about a moose he got in Vermont.
They had hired a guy who had a draft horse, cost them like $200. They said it was the best money they ever spent, and the horse made quick work out of it.
I said that if I ever get a tag in Vermont, I'd get it out that way.
Tue, 2011-03-22 12:22#2
a couple of states
I was blessed to draw my Vermont moose tag on the fourth year of application. I can not apply again there for another year.
I've applied in Maine I think six years and not drawn a tag yet.
I've only applied two years to date in New Hampshire and haven't drawn a tag yet.
It sure makes those over the counter tags in alaska sound good, but how on earth could I get the meat home? I'd have to drive it back.... It might just be worth it.........
I'm also looking into moose tags in Quebec but I need to learn a litle more before I can comment on that option.
The non-resident odds for Shiras moose in the western united states seem significantly lower than the eastern state odds to me. has anyone else looked into them? Did you draw the same conclusion? Does anyone here apply for Shiras moose tags as a non-resident?
Tue, 2011-03-22 13:44#3
Well I've only applied here
Well I've only applied here in Colorado but even as a resident you guys have had a much shorter run in getting them back east. I'm not sure exactly as I did miss two or three times because of funds but I believe I have applied 15 times so far. It has gotten to be a routine that you do and if I ever actually get the license I may collapse from shock anyway.
Good luck to all who are sending tje apps in.
Wed, 2011-03-23 11:14#4
Best of luck Hunter 25 but
Best of luck Hunter 25 but you know what they say, nothing ventured, nothing gained. We have a good moose population in Vt now and non-residents get a share You do have something I would like though, my FIRST Elk. Since I went to Idaho a while back and didnt get one but had ELk meat almost every night at camp, I'm HOOKED
Wed, 2011-03-23 11:57#5
I have applied in both Utah and Washington for many years. I'd guess I applied in Utah 7 years and now in Washington 10 years. We now have some options here in Washington though. You can apply for an either sex permit or just a cow. Of course the either sex permit is a lot harder to get. Who wants to waste a once-in-a-lifetime permit on a cow? (hope I don't offend anyone on that one)
I went to Alaska a number of years back and got an over-the-counter tag and hunted north of Wasilla. I was fortunate to harvest a nice bull so I kind of got that out of my system. He now resides on a very big wall.
With that out of my system, I now apply for the somewhat easier (still the odds are about 1 in 500) cow permit. Then this last year, Washington added a new permit, for seniors over 65 years old. Well, guess who qualifies for that one??? Yep, I now apply for the senior tag. It is for cow only but I'm now after the meat. Can you imagine two big bulls on the wall? That would take a pretty big wall.
All in all, I have applied about 17 years for a moose permit and have yet to be drawn. But then we have the bighorn sheep permit..... I may not be alive by the time I get enough points to draw that one. I think I'm going on 17 years in a row now.
Drawing a moose tag is sure worth it though. You end up with a bunch of outstanding meat. Even my bull was wonderful. I actually took it into a butcher in Alaska and then had the meat sent down on a freezer truck. The antlers came down on a pallet on a returning freighter truck. I rolled the cape up into a ball, stuffed it into an old Army duffel bag, froze it solid and brought it home with me on the plane.
Let's go on a moose hunt!!!
Wed, 2011-03-23 12:45#7
Ummmm, I took a cow with my
Ummmm, I took a cow with my first and maybe only Moose draw permit. If I get the chance I may go for just a bull but the meat is SOO good. After walking about 10 miles that first day that cow was a welcome sight on the second. I didn't go home empty handed
$10 a year for the application, 10 years of waiting, then got drawn and another $100 for the tag, Yup, I took a cow, no offense meant !!
Wed, 2011-03-23 13:09#8
no offense taken
I spent $300 for a flight to Alaska, $350 for out of state license and tag, $50 for food and IT WAS SOOOOOOOO WORTH IT!!!! The meat was wonderful but looking at the old boy on the wall every now and again, just helps me relive that great hunt. Maybe sometime I'll post that story on here?